This is a Really Real Mental Health post.
Lately, I see a lot of people getting Really Real about mental health. Part of it is who I surround myself with, part of it is that people are pulling of the veil and deciding to be truthful about who they are.
Now, I know not everyone can, or wants to do this.
But I’m so happy when I see people who do.
Parker didn’t exactly hide her mental illness, but at the same time she was afraid to speak up when it mattered most. It had, and in some ways still has, this underlying notion that mental illness is a weakness.
I remember the first time I was told to pull myself up by my bootstraps. The first time, not, by far, the only time.
It’s nice to see friends who are talking more openly. Talking about their triumphs and struggles.
Some of my favorite posts are the “I’m having a rough day, please send me memes” posts. I occasionally reach out in the same way and it’s so nice to see everyone kind of come together to shower me with love and laughs. It’s what we need! Community and support make this road a lot easier to travel.
Even better are the posts that show us we aren’t alone in this struggle. We may not have the same diagnoses or life situations, but the underlying emotions are the same.
I’m super lucky that I have an amazing support system (spanning multiple countries) but I got that support system by speaking up. By being real. By speaking my story and sharing my truth.
By being vulnerable.
Vulnerability isn’t a weakness. Vulnerability is strength. It’s how you build community, it’s how you reach out for support.
I’m glad that I see more people being real and raw and open and I wanted to globally say how much I appreciate that.
Share your story. Speak your truth.