Mental health is often viewed as a taboo subject that many people hide from others. It’s not talked about openly enough, leaving those of us with mental health issues feeling like we’re alone in our struggles.
I have dealt with mental health issues my entire teen years up until now.
I was diagnosed with clinical depression and an anxiety disorder at 15, though I experienced symptoms of both starting at age 11.
I truly felt like nobody else knew how I felt.
I suffered in silence for almost 7 years.
I made several attempts on my life throughout that time.
I was in a dark place.
Now, at 21, I use my Instagram platform to speak out about my mental health struggles, including my most recent diagnosis of postpartum depression shortly after the birth of my son.
Speaking about mental health issues is important to me because I never want anyone to feel alone in their struggles.
I promise you, you are not alone. There are people out there who know how you feel. It’s okay to not be okay.
Reaching out for help doesn’t make you weak, it takes a lot of courage to seek help for mental health issues. If I can make even just one person feel like they’re not alone, that’s all I could ever ask for.