Understanding how mental health works
Another major revelation by Meghan Markle in the interview was that allegedly senior family members were concerned about how dark Archie’s skin color was going to be. Now imagine an expectant mother hearing this, and try to understand her feelings about this. Pregnancy is one of the happiest times of a woman’s life, and instead of that if you are constantly trying to stop yourself from falling into a dark, downward spiral, it will feel disturbing, won’t it?
What might not be a big deal for one person, might be a huge trigger for someone else. When Piers Morgan said on national television that Meghan Markle is making all of it up, it made the situation even more disturbing and horrendous.
Many people think that suffering from mental health issues is not a big deal, and it’s just about feeling sad, morose and dejected; but it is so much more than that.
No, you can’t just snap out of it.
No, you can’t just make yourself happy.
No, just “smiling more” won’t make it better.
And no, not thinking about it definitely won’t help.
Struggling with mental health issues day in day out feels like this constant battle that is going on in your mind, and no matter how hard you try, the bad days seem to outnumber the good ones. A war is going on inside of you, but every day you are putting your head up and fighting it without letting anyone know just how exhausting it truly is. Mental illness plays tricks on your mind, makes you question your existence, and pushes you to go to that dark place, which you try so hard to stay away from. Every minute of every day.
The sad part of all this is that everyone suffers from mental health issues at some point or the other. It’s just that some people choose to acknowledge it, come out in the open, talk about it, and even reach out for help, and some people choose to either deny it or try to bury it deep inside their hearts. Whenever someone shares their story about mental illness and how they struggle with it, be it a celebrity or a non-celebrity, they should be treated with understanding, empathy, kindness, and most importantly respect.
Be it Heath Ledger, Marilyn Monroe, Robin Williams, or Chester Bennington, being a successful personality does not make you immune to this. Everyone deserves love, support, and understanding when it comes to dealing with something as painful as this.
Working towards happiness and taking that crucial first step
Again, it’s 2021 and we need to be better. We need to get out of that narrow-minded mentality that people who talk about their mental health struggles are looking for attention, have a personal agenda, or an ulterior motive. So stop making people feel bad about being human.
People who have openly talked about their struggles, thank you for speaking out about something that a lot of people still don’t understand, and even refuse to acknowledge. You have a lot of courage for doing this, and you deserve nothing but the best. Just hold on, take one day at a time, and everything will be better. There is always light at the end of the tunnel, and never ever stop talking about how you feel. You’ve got this!
People who are still unsure and scared of reaching out for help, please don’t suffer in silence. You don’t deserve to suffer in silence. Talk to your loved ones, especially those people who love you unconditionally and would always be there for you. If you don’t feel comfortable or ready to talk about this with your family and friends, then get in touch with mental health services, and hotlines for more support, advice and information about mental health struggles.
Going for therapy can yield great results when it comes to battling mental illness. It might seem a bit challenging initially opening up to someone you don’t know, but hang in there. Continue your sessions, and you will see great results after a while. You will not only feel better, but you will also realize that happiness doesn’t have to be a distant and unachievable dream.
No matter what people say, there is nothing wrong with you, you are not looking for attention, and you are most definitely not a “loser”. You are human just like the rest of us, and you deserve every bit of happiness, smiles, stability, and love that life has to offer.
You are not alone, and you will never be alone. And you will smile again.