Mental health is an incredibly difficult subject to talk about, especially in young men. There’s that stigma attached that it’s a weakness to suffer mental health issues and as a result of that we often try and fight it alone. This needs to change.
Last year I really struggled with my own mental health, I experienced episodes of depression and severe anxiety. I was forced to take time off work and became a recluse in my own flat. This peaked when I was buying breadsticks in Tesco, I broke down and cried right there in the snack isle, I couldn’t even tell you why. Looking back at that moment it seems so ridiculous but it just proves that mental health issues can catch you at any time. They don’t discriminate.
What followed was the scariest phone call of my life. I remember calling my mum, telling her I loved her and I felt like I was losing my mind. This was by far the most difficult step, just opening up and saying the words was absolutely terrifying but as they left my mouth I felt a weight lifted.
The next day I spoke to my GP, was diagnosed with depression, given Setraline to take everyday and referred to Mindwell (an NHS mental health charity in Leeds). I spent two months taking Setraline and used Mindwells anonymous phone therapy and online help. I advise anyone struggling to follow this link to Mindwell now.
I just want to put it out there that I didn’t write this post for some kind of sympathy response. I wrote this post in the hope that by sharing my own struggle I can encourage someone out there to share their own, seek help or help someone in need. Mental health does not discriminate against race, religion, wealth, it can get anyone at any time. Together we are so much stronger.
With that said I wanted to do something to bring attention to the issue. To flip the whole thing on its head and to shout loudly about what is most difficult to speak of. With that in mind I found a platform in the woods, grabbed a box of chalk and my drone and let the world know, it’s okay to not be okay.
I’m fortunate enough to be surrounded with some incredible people in my life. People that have helped me through conversations we’ve had, adventures we’ve gone on or through the content you create and I just want to say a massive thank you to every single one of you. I couldn’t of done this without the support of you all.
Let’s not struggle alone.