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Mental Health Day - It's ok, to not be ok

It’s ok, to not be ok.

Have you ever felt like you’re alone? With nobody to turn to? Like you’re walking down a narrow path with no clear end in sight?

Today marks Mental Health Day – Something close to my heart. I’ve witnessed and experienced first hand exactly how important taking care of your Mental Health should be. It’s as important as your Physical Health.

Here’s a staggering statistic for you.

“Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14”


14? – Can you remember what it was like when you were 14? Hanging out by the shops? Your first crush? Going to the Ice Rink for Friday Night Disco Sessions? – It’s hard to believe that all of that could be the beginning of something more serious.

But it’s a serious matter and one that you shouldn’t take lightly.

The truth is, once upon a time mental illness was a taboo subject. It was something that you didn’t speak of. Now, now there has never been a better time to talk about it. 1 in 4 people suffer from a form of mental illness, so chances are, at least one of your family or friends have gone through or are going through it right now!

There are many reasons behind mental illness, depression playing a big factor. With what seems like so much pressure on people in todays society, it’s no wonder the statistics are high. We live in a world where everything must be faster, must be more instant. A world full of instant gratification.

That photo you posed has 15 likes. That blog you wrote has 14 shares, 300 comments and has managed to go viral. All of a sudden ‘Keeping up with the Joneses’, has now gone global.

That post you made has no comments, no likes, no shares. In fact, people scrolled by it and ignored it. You’ve just put part of your life out to the world and it’s been ignored.

No longer are you just surrounded by your close friends, you’re connected with people all over the world. You now have the ability to be seen world wide at a very fast rate….

Yet, that post you made was ignored.

800+ friends and not one of them interacted with you. It’s not Social Media, it’s anything but!!

Is it any wonder why people start to feel alone? Start to feel lost?

It’s ok to not be ok, it’s ok to talk about it.

It may happen once, it may happen several times. Perhaps not at all. But being aware of it, knowing that there are things you can do, people you can talk to, that there is a way off the path is what’s important.

You cannot continue to walk the path alone, regardless of how stubborn you are, how much of a ‘burden’ you may feel. Life will give you many paths, all of which are best walked together!

Thanks for reading!

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