To me the question is why not do this? We need more and more of everything related to mental health awareness.
When I was on the mental health unit in my local hospital, it was clear to me we have a long way to go. I was well taken care of, this is not the issue. Honestly, what I noticed most is the beds. Yes the beds. They were hand-me downs. Old.
This observation shows how much more important and how much more we need to elevate mental health care. In my most time of need, I didn't have anything close to a comfortable bed to rest my body and my brain.
We need to keep talking about mental health. We need to make it acceptable to talk about mental health. We need to tear down the old stigmas surrounding the ability, or lack there of, to talk about it with each other.
It Is Ok To Not Be OK. It has to be OK. We cannot begin the healing and strengthening process without it being OK to discuss our mental health.
I am a nurse. I am not a psychology nurse nor do I have a degree in psychology. My experience in mental health comes from dealing with my own mental health.
Through my dealings with my own mental health, I have a strong fire inside of me to pull others along. It's a tough road and not easy to start, let alone walk this path, especially when we feel alone.
You are not alone. I'm on the path. Many are on the path. We can do this together!
I am married. No kids. We have an awesome dog. I love music and enjoy creating music and art. I have gotten into writing. I love sports. I enjoy traveling especially camping. We have to get away from it all from time to time.
Mostly, I am passionate about promoting mental health and mental health awareness. Also, as a nurse, caring for my fellow human is built into me. I want to continue to grow and to share my experiences with you.
I'm not perfect. My ideas are not perfect. What works for me may not work for you, but I at least want to give some examples and maybe something you can build on in your own life.
Take care and I hope you can find some comfort here.
I am not a mental healthcare professional nor am I trained in dealing with mental health crisis. I am someone who is working on my own mental health daily. I do want to share my story and my ongoing journey with you. Mostly, I want you to know you are not alone. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please call your local emergency contact number.