I really admire those…

…who fight to overcome their mental illnesses, fight to get through.

After meeting so many others on online forums, after reading other people’s blogs and other people’s biographies about their experiences of mental illness and how they tried to overcome this part of their life- I am incredibly inspired by everyone.

I know how hard it is to keep going when all you want to do is give up. I know how hard it is to get through the day when you’re depressed and you have a swirling black mist of misery surrounding you and all you want to do is lay in bed all day or maybe even die. I know how hard it is to turn away from the razor blade when you want, you need to feel that pain again. I know how hard it is to just eat normally and keep it down when there’s a voice inside your head telling you, ‘No, you can’t, you’re going to get FAT.’ And there are so many other examples of how mental illness can affect someone’s life.

Despite how difficult it is to fight, especially when your illness just overwhelms you, there are so many people around the world who continue to try to overcome their illness and find recovery.

From what is preceived by others who haven’t experienced mental illness as something ‘simple’ such as getting out of bed to try and get through another day, fighting the urge to harm oneself just one more day, eating a proper meal without finding the need to ‘get rid of it’ somehow…

To what may be harder to do such as seeking help and telling someone about your mental health problems for the first time, admitting to someone that you’re suicidal and you need help…

All are incredible achievements by such brave and strong people.

Mental illness can feel like such a lonely journey to embark on. But you are not alone, I am not alone and we are not alone. I have met some amazing people, both online and in person, who battle mental health problems. So even if it can feel like you’re the only person in the world who is going through this, there are so many others who also battle mental illness and you are not alone.

I feel privileged to have shared in some of these experiences and achievements that people have had in their journey of recovery from mental health problems.

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