Bravery isn’t something you buy or something you have to find. It’s within you at every minute of every day. When you wake up in the morning until the moment you go to sleep.
There's been a lot of different information spreading, conspiracies, of course, being shared, and everyone stating their own opinions. This is great, it provides perspective, but it isn't always the most supportive thing for people already trying to cope with mental health challenges, mental illness, or even individuals more susceptible.
This may be obvious to some people - the idea that it's all strung together and every piece of us is somehow interconnected. But for someone who is so detached from their body and unable to truly understand the deep connections, it was like a revelation.
At our first series YAC At Us: How To Support Someone With Mental Illness, we shared a resource we created for individuals to help support one another. It's something we hang on our fridge, proudly, and acknowledge every day. Because mental health is 24/7 365.
Just before bed tonight, I will have successfully (we hope) transitioned to my third antidepressant. What started as one back in December quickly doubled when the insomnia persisted. Neither ended up doing their jobs without severe side effects.