“We each have life experiences that could be seen as negative. But we’re never going to let go, get to a content place and space again if we carry them and view them as a burden rather than an experience which can teach us…”
“He never rubbished anything I said, and instead talked generally about other mental health struggles, and how they manifest differently in other people. He made me feel ‘normal’.”
Often, you hear advice telling you to “just be yourself”. Why is it so hard? How can we just be ourselves?
“If I could work, pray, think, or exercise my way out of this I would have a long time ago…”
“Stigma is the thing that stops you from being open about your struggles. Rarely does anyone feel embarrassed telling someone that they broke their arm or caught a cold, but so few people will call into work sick because of their mental health…”
Quotes from interviews with mental health advocates
“I learned to practise self-care when my body was so run down that I was at the point of having a break down. I was told If I didn’t change and rest I would be back in hospital. That’s what did it for me. It was very hard to just stop…”