Mental health affects all of us in different ways and can have life changing effects on those who suffer from it, as well as the effect on those around them. Isolation, fear, worry, that invisible force that seems to stop everything in its tracks. How we feel is like a brick wall that surrounds us, it stops us from realising our potential and keeps us locked away, alone, in a dark place.
You are not alone though. According to Mind 1 in 4 people suffer with mental health challenges each year in England.
In a country where nearly 17 million people have felt the effect of challenges caused by mental health, why does it always seem that there is nobody else. Why does our mind want to cry out loud, voiceless to the world around us. The reason behind this is that we are, in the whole, naturally private people when it comes to how we feel. We don’t like to talk about the challenges that we face.
We hide away even further at the thought of sharing how we feel. We don’t want to add to our guilt and shame by making others feel the same way. We don’t want others to see how frail we have become. Other people already have enough going on in their lives, we don’t want to trouble them further or get in the way. We can also just be being greedy, it’s our challenge and we are not going to share it with anyone.