Mental Health Awareness Series – Why I want to spread awareness.
Hi all, and welcome to my blog. If you have been following my social media you would have seen that this month I am looking to spread awareness of mental health conditions.
I have had the pleasure of speaking to some of the most courageous people over the last couple of weeks, and they have been kind enough to share their stories with me. Throughout the month of March I will be sharing these interviews with you, through daily blog posts.
Please help me share awareness and show support by sharing these posts. I also welcome my readers to share their stories with us too. The more people talk about mental health conditions, the more we can lessen the taboo. The online community can be a great place to seek support in one another too.
So let’s start about why I’m doing this. When I was pregnant with my first child, I suffered from prenatal depression. I was in an unhealthy relationship, and I felt as though I didn’t want my baby. It really is the worst feeling in the world as a mother. I kept beating myself up about it, I mean what kind of mother doesn’t want her baby? That’s all that kept going around in my head. The truth is, I was made to feel so worthless in my relationship, I didn’t think I was going to be a good Mum. I didn’t think I was worthy of being my babies mother. It was all too much for me. I was battling with my head constantly. It was exhausting.
I also suffered from postnatal depression with my first baby. I mean that was probably a given considering I had prenatal depression. I was terrified if I spoke up my baby would be taken away from me. Read about my battle with prenatal and postnatal depression here.
I had my second baby in September last year, and I was so conscious of my metal health throughout and after. However it wasn’t depression this time, it was anxiety. Every little thing during my pregnancy worried me, made me think something was wrong with the baby. I was in and out of the hospital more times that I can count throughout my pregnancy, and my anxiety was through the roof after I had her. I couldn’t handle her being away from me. It was crippling, it gave me panic attacks. It was exhausting. Read about my battle with anxiety here.
I have also had the pleasure of working with some of the most amazing young people who had been through so many traumatic events in their life, and suffered severely from various mental health conditions. Yet it’s not talked about openly like a broken limb would be, or a migraine, or anything that’s visible. Just because someone suffering from a mental health condition doesn’t have a big sign on their head, doesn’t mean it’s not crippling them inside.
My my goal – to spread awareness into how crippling mental health conditions can be, and to encourage others to speak up, speak out and seek support.
My first interview is with Becky, a fantastic lady I know through an online group. She has struggled with social anxiety, and borderline personality disorder. She has bravely spoken out about her mental health condition. Please come back, and share your support. Going live tomorrow at 9am!
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Much love 💕