Saturday, May 18, 2013

A TIME YOU THOUGHT ABOUT ENDING YOUR OWN LIFE - CHALLENGE DAY 4

I have not experienced this type of thought, but I believe mental health is something we need to be more comfortable talking about. I once had a period of depression in reaction to difficult life event and one of the things I remember was my parents urging me to speak to my GP. I really hadn't considered that as an option before. When you're at the lowest point in your life, it is easy to believe that no-one can possibly understand or help you, but unless you seek help, you can't possibly know that. Sometimes that prescription, that dialogue, that plan a therapist helps you implement, can make the biggest difference to how you feel and how you cope in tough times.

It's the same with my PNE (Pudendal Nerve Entrapment) - I see a physio and doctors every few months so they can see how I'm progressing and what we need to do moving forward. There's medication I know I have to take, exercises I need to do and lots of tears and venting in between. I wish this was the way we treated mental health; that we would realise it is just as important as our physical health and that if something isn't right, we can see someone about it.

Neglecting our mental health, just like our physical health, can have life or death consequences, so it seems obscene that we aren't taking it more seriously. Most of us experience depression at some point in our lives, so we have to ask why we aren't more candid in discussions about it? And what if it's someone we know that seems like they could be experiencing depression? If there was a suspicious looking mole on their face, we'd ask if they'd had it checked, urge them to get it checked, even. Why not mention if you've noticed a change in their emotional state too? 

As you will see below, suicide rates in Australia are a significant issue. But I know this is something we can all do something about. Sometimes it's as simple as just really being there for someone. I'll leave some links at the bottom of the page that I think are really useful and that we should all take time to read.

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