The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10th October every year. The theme of 2022's World Mental Health Day, set by the World Federation for Mental Health, was, 'Make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority'.
For World Mental Health Day, 2022… Our Tuesday’s Online Smile Group discussed how mental health is so badly misunderstood.
Mental Health issues affect many aspects of our lives at different times throughout. Things like cognition issues, perception, behaviour, depression, stress, decision-making, anxiety, well-being, self-esteem are mental health issues everybody can experience; but there are also many complex ones which include most of those symptoms and some extras on top: Bi-polar, PTSD, ASD conditions for example – the neuro diverse.
this is what we want you to understand...
Outside of ourselves people see only the same face and the same voice – inside we are in chaos, our brains are in turmoil and we cannot make sense of the outside world…
We are mistaken for being rude, aggressive and more ‘basic bitch’ than human. Onlookers think they see ‘us’, whereas in fact we are very far from being ourselves in these times of crisis.
We are mistaken for a stroppy toddler or likened to an aggressive drunk because we are adults or ‘sober’. In fact we are confused and looking for sense, we are in need of calm, hugs and love to quiet the demon inside…
We are not ourselves, we are drowned out by the noise in our head and we are defending ourselves from an internal danger you cannot see… We are told not to shout when we need to be SHOWN quiet – not told to be quiet…
It’s not about you, and when you think it is – the frustration and confusion inside us only gets worse.
Calm our minds with kindness to get us back, back from the demon that is mental illness – a chaotic desperate state of our brain that we are screaming to break free from. All we need is kindness and shown the way back to a reasonable state of sanity.
‘World Mental Health Day’
it says nothing about the truth of living with these conditions
The Beatles got it right decades ago…
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need
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