Hiya everyone! Today’s post is gonna be about why I choose to blog about my mental health. It’s a question I get quite frequently when my blog comes into conversation with friends (which is not often but still!) and I never normally know how to answer it apart from because I want to.
I don’t really have an outright reason why I blog about my mental health or lack there of, I just one day chose to write a blog post and it went from there. I think it’s partially because I’m aware of the stigmas associated with mental health issues and the lack of people talking about it when they do suffer.
One in four people struggle with some mental health condition every year and it just confuses me that it’s not spoken about as much as it should be. The fact that THAT many people suffer and it’s rarely talked about is so annoying! It’s known that even though that many people struggle, only one in six people only come forward for help and support. It’s heartbreaking to me that so many people struggle but not as many ask for help. I also read that one in eight people actually receive help but that’s another story for another post.
It’s because of the stigma that we as a society has given mental health. And that’s why I blog about my mental health. I just hope that someone struggling and doesn’t want to ask for help sees my posts and realises that struggling doesn’t make them a bad, “crazy” person. I just really hope that.
I want to become the voice of support. I want to turn something that I have to battle through day in day out, into a positive thing for others. That may sound cringe but I literally thought if I have to have these terrible mental health conditions, then I will put some good into it. I will show people that you can be a fully functioning person in the world but you can just as easily be the opposite.
I also blog because for so so so long, I didn’t have a voice. I kept my mental health a secret and struggled incredibly with it. After many difficult years, I’ve got the strength to voice my difficulties and issues with some level of ease. Like I previously said, I hope to be the voice for those people who are in the exact same situation now as I was many years ago, unable to speak (but I do recommend not leaving it as long as me).
An entirely selfish reason is that it helps me. Having this blog on my incredibly tiny corner of the internet has helped me more than you can possibly imagine. I have confidence that you would not believe and although it isn’t perfect, it’s getting there.
Now I don’t want to make this become a soppy post so I’m going to leave it here but I hope that answers any questions you may have had (or probably not have had) about me blogging about my mental health. I hope you have an incredibly lovely day.