In Canada today, it was the #BellLetsTalk campaign to start the conversation about mental health awareness. This is such an important subject to all of us at Lemonade Magazine because all of us have either suffered with mental health issues and/or know someone who has mental illness.
By continually talking about the situation we remove the stigma about our mental health. Thankfully, a special guest, Montreal-based singer/songwriter Stefanie Parnell took the time to talk about her battle with her mental health. Please read what she had to say and feel free to leave comments about your encounters with mental health. Let’s start the conversation. #BellLetsTalk.
An honest, candid message from Stefanie Parnell via Facebook:
“Today I got confirmation that I will be seeing a new therapist to help manage my depression, anxiety, anger and partial OCD. It took me a whole year to look into getting more help. I saw a therapist four times in 2016 and it wasn’t at all what I had hoped it to be. When you’re someone who constantly feels let down by not only other people, but yourself included, it’s hard to find the motivation and energy to seek help, especially for a second time around.
Apart of me thinks that I’ve dealt with this sadness for many years but it only became obvious to me about 10 year ago. I’ve held in a lot of pain and suffering over the past decade, more particularly in the last 3-4 years. I always focused on everyone else before myself and never thought that I actually needed help. I guess you could say that I thought there were more important things to take care of. Today, I am well aware that I need professional help and admitting to it is okay. Talking about it is more than okay.
A lot of people on here will read this and not understand. It’s okay not to understand; I didn’t when I was younger and never experienced depression. You can’t possibly understand something unless you have gone through it. For those of you who haven’t gone through it, the only thing I ask of you is to be there for people in your life who are struggling. There will be many times where it won’t make sense to you, but just you being there, listening and reminding your friend, partner or family member that they matter, could go a long way.
I urge anyone who is dealing with any type of mental illness; depression, anxiety, anger, OCD, BPD, feelings of suicide, loneliness, insecurities, whatever it is… make sure to put yourself first. Seek help today so you can live your life pain free. That is what I am pushing towards now, it just took me a little longer. I will work on talking about myself positively, not being so focused on my insecurities, respecting myself, not thinking that no one likes me or overthinking every little single thing. I will work on feeding myself love and only love.
Today, for every tweet and retweet using #BellLetsTalk, Bell donates 5¢ to #MentalHealth initiatives in Canada. Let’s put an end to the stigma. Let’s talk.”