That statement as strong as it is is also stigmatised. Some people do not understand mental health and that is not their fault. Maybe it’s the lack of resources and knowledge that haven’t been taught from a young age, maybe it’s a lack of publication from the media or maybe you may just avoid the topic. Either way you put it, the stigma for mental health is still there, or not recognised or ‘Mental Health Experience’ would like to bring more attention and awareness to mental health. We are all human, we work better together. If you are suffering from mental health then seeking support is crucial in steps to recovery. Receiving help is not weak, just like breaking an arm, you are not weak for wanting to heal and get back to living your life again. The mental health recovery journey can be different time frames for different people. If your mental health is stable, the most important thing to do is to make sure you are doing things to keep it that way, do not wait until it’s too late to start looking after yourself. We may have loved ones who are suffering and we may not know how to help them, support them by encouraging them to seek help.

Visit a GP, psychologist, counsellor, even call mental health helpline numbers, these are in place to help us stay as healthy as we can. Take some weight off your shoulders and seek help, you are not a burden and it also does not make you weak. Some days can be bad, it’s how we react to those bad days, what do we do when we feel depressed, anxious, and many other issues we may deal with? We react and it is how we react to that. React with the intention of a positive outcome. Self-care is important, read a book, write down in a journal, exercise, walk, talk to a loved one. Whichever is your healthy self-care then keep that in place and utilise it.

You are the most important person in your life, look after yourself. Focus on the present and vision your future and what you would like it to look like. Try to implement positive changes throughout your day even the smallest of things and watch yourself evolve. If you have a bad day that is completely fine, we are all human and can’t be 100% 24/7, it goes back to how you react to those moments and times. Please seek help if you need it or want it. I am wishing all the best to the people reading this, you should be proud of yourself.

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS BBQ AT BRENNAN PARK – BRIBIE ISLAND THE FIRST SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH AT 10 AM. WE WELCOME ANY GENDER, AGE OR RACE TO COME DOWN. WE ARE ALL HUMAN, LET’S SUPPORT EACH OTHER!