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World Mental Health Awareness Day 10th October 2013 – thinking of all those who suffer

I will keep this short and sweet. It’s World Mental Health Awareness Day on 10th October 2013, so I re-read my post for this special day from 2012 exactly one year ago (view by CLICKING HERE)  That was very interesting because I could recap on my recovery at that point and also see how much further I have come in the last year. It’s been a bumpy ride and there have been quite a few downs, but that’s because of life events, so one has to expect those! Depression is prevalent.

Otherwise, I am finally in the group analysis psychotherapy, which will be for eighteen months, which is scary, triggering and liberating at the same time.

I am living on my own, taking responsibility for myself (most of the time) and am looking after a cat and a kitten.

I am happy in my own company, not feeling ‘needy’ towards others’.

I wrote and published the sequel memoir to ‘My Alien Self: My Journey Back to Me’ called ‘39’.

I am radically accepting on more occasions.

My thoughts are with others’ at this time – all those suffering a mental illness or negative mental health symptoms, all those in hospital or at home, under medications or without, having therapy or not. I hope you all receive the care and support you deserve and that you feel better soon.

For everyone, though, it is important to remember that stigma can kill. Before belittling mental illness sufferers or their conditions, or making judgement without knowledge, people should stop and think about how those comments could make the other person feel or react. Stigma is basically bullying and is built upon ignorance. Stop and think…

I hope that there will be equality in care for the mentally ill and physically ill rather than the physical illnesses getting much more as mental illness can cause various physical illnesses and can all too often kill, as in suicide.

Take care everyone 🙂


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