Today I took part in a Kick Starter fund for mental health magazine Anxy.
As many of us came together this week in aid of World Mental Health Day, the unfortunate fact is, that metal health around the world is still not addressed as quickly and as openly as it should be.
I feel ridiculously lucky to have never suffered with the crippling affects of anxiety or depression, but it’s been an illness that has ravaged my family and given us unimaginable traumas that I would never wish upon my worst enemy.
Watching my closest family members go through the daily torment their own minds puts them through has given me enough first-hand experience to know that when it comes to mental health, you never know what to say or do for those you love – it’s just about being there.
Mental illness is not something you just get over. It changes who you are, what you believe in and how others perceive you – making you feel like an outcast in your own society, and ultimately disconnecting you from everything and everyone.
As someone who can only sit by and support, my biggest frustration with helping my family through depression, is those who treat the illness as an excuse for their own benefit.
Of course, there are different levels of mental illness, much like there is with any illness.
But I cannot stand those who treat it is an excuse to become less responsible in their own lives.
Mental illness is something you can’t see or diagnose clearly, and because of this, there are many who believe that if they simply proclaim to their doctor that they’re depressed, they will no longer have to work or take any kind of responsibility.
But depression is not a ticket out of life. It’s a dark suffering that see’s lives lost, families torn apart, and people unrecognisable from the vibrant person they once were.
If people falsified a diagnosis of Cancer we would be up in arms in outrage – but falsify you have depression and you just add to the stigma.
I’m an advocate in removing the stigma from mental health, but it’s other proclaimers that are allowing the stigma to be there in the first place.
As one person there is little I can do in changing people’s views on mental health. But if I can support its awareness and help to bring about a cultural change, then I would put my money towards that any day.
If you want to help fund a magazine made for those going through their darkest days, you can do so here.