If people admit they have a mental health problem it is a courageous step to take, yet it is an important stage in accepting they have a problem and only after accepting it, can they take the next step to recovery. The first step is courageous because of the stigma about mental health. As we all know many people will look away in embarrassment, or go silent, or deny anything to do with mental health. Mental health survivors are vulnerable, yet tough because they have to be. We have to fight hard and usually fight alone. The nature of mental health issues is not just to do with the stigma and mismanagement in many case, it is also to do with our individuality, only ourselves can fully understand how we feel and what we are going through. Some of these feelings are very private and some are better to be shared, only ourselves can be the judge of what we keep to ourselves and what we let out. The conditions of what we share depend on so many circumstances, the support, the people around and the unknown consequences. Mental health issues are complex and to come through we need an inner strength to motivate and push ourselves forward. One of the biggest hinderances is we worry about what people will think of us and also this effects how we think about ourselves.
We need confidence and self esteem to deal with our recovery and that is where the cycle gets hard, as when we are not well that self confidence and self esteem disappears, we worry so much about other people and we look down at ourselves and tell ourselves off for being unwell. This needs to be turned around, we should praise ourselves for dealing with the problem and not giving in, we should acknowledge our strength in attempting to recover and should believe in ourselves so much more. We should not worry about what other people think because if they are worthy of our worries, then they should be capable of understanding our difficulties and accepting that at times we struggle hard. We should take the next steps with more pride and believe that with every step we take we are learning something new about ourselves, and we are also demonstrating a strength to recover and we are striding towards towards a higher goal with increased rewards. We should think a new way and believe as we stride towards our goal we should not only be worthy of believing in ourselves, but that we are also worthy in gaining increased respect and friendship from the people who are worth our worries and friendship values. The problem with all of this is that we don’t realise it at the beginning, it takes some of us years to learn and through those years some of us go through a lot of pain and hardship. I personally still believe that this journey is building our inner strength and at the same time increases our sensitivity, builds our awareness and eventually strengthens our soul.
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