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Mental Health Awareness

This photo of me was back in July 2021.

Behind those eyes and mask I was deeply sad.

I had hit rock bottom. It was probably one of the hardest times of my life.

I had been through a depressive episode back in 2017 but this was something else.

I have never felt so low in my entire life. The pain was really cutting and left a mark. The memories of that time still make my stomach ache. The invisible scars that will always be there.

It was hard to accept at the time, but there was light at the end of the tunnel. I just couldn’t see it when everything felt so dark in the moment.

Since then, my life has completely turned around. I’ve found new life and meaning in my life.

Rediscovered old loves and found new loves too.

I am happier and better in myself and it shows in the people I interact with. I am grateful, humbled and more motivated than I think I have ever been. But none of this would have been possible without my friends, family and the professionals who have counselled and supported me. I am not ashamed to admit that even health professionals need help too! Mental Disorders can affect anyone at any time. I am sharing my story because nothing hits home more than the real stories of everyday people.

(Even those you might think have all their s**t together!)

I cannot stress enough how important it is to be open about your mental health. It is something I apply to my Osteopathic practice every day. Talking things out with those you can trust makes all the difference.

Here are some useful links for mental health support or in times of crisis:

MIND BODY ME - Affordable counselling in Southampton

Shout - A free text service available 24/7. Text ‘Shout’ to 85258.

Hub of hope - Help to find a breadth of local services for mental illness and emotional distress.

Samaritans - 116 123 - A free service available 24/7. 1-2-1 no judgment listening service to allow you to talk through what is on your mind. No advice given but talk out what is on your mind, no matter how large or small.

Papyrus - A young people suicide prevention service.

Don't be afraid to reach out.

Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength.

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