Well what, in heavens name, do these two have in common, you may well ask. Well they don’t generally but they do apply to me. So this time I’m going to fill you in on the brain part of me!
Now this is generally something we shove under the carpet and let it stew (messy!) Well for me mental health is a big issue and bouts of depression are something I have lived with for many years. Depression is something we are not allowed to talk about. Why is this? As we all know some people never stop talking about their aches and pains so why should depression be any different?
The extraordinary irony is that talking about mental health issues actually helps sufferers to come to terms with it, enormously. The encouraging point for me is that celebs are now coming to the fore with their stories of depression and anxiety issues. It matters not to me but, I so, so hope it will encourage others less well known to do the same and prevent the final and hideous result of not talking.
So thanks Cara Delevigne, thanks Lady Gaga, thanks Brad Pitt, thanks Gwyneth Paltrow, thanks Alastair Campbell, thanks Stephen Fry, thanks Robbie Williams and the list goes on…….Sadly not everyone gets through it but I can’t tell you how important talking is.
I have experienced a very bad period recently. My family have been enormously helpful during very dark times.
I have been impressed with the support given by Worcestershire Mental Health Service. There is always someone you can rely on and talk to. Never be ashamed of your condition, anymore than you would be about a physical condition.
Most importantly, opening up to someone helps you move on and deal with the issues yourself. For example, and as I’m doing now, writing about situations is hugely helpful for me. Get yourself a plan, find something to do you really enjoy. I’m fortunate enough now, to have odd thoughts about moving on. It’s not a resolution but I have decided to cook! It’s something I love and enjoy.
Whilst I have said how important it is to find someone to talk to, I also think, and if you can, try and move on in your own mind, knowing that there is always someone to talk to.
Even I might be able to help. Happy to cook something up with you!