This week i have been walking around with a half opened eye. I had an infection which is starting to clear up now thankfully, but all week i have been very insecure about it. How? Well i felt the need to explain my eye and why it looked the way it did to everyone i spoke with, saw at the shops, at work and even at a party i was at on the weekend.
The insecurity was completely within my own head. I was thinking everyone was staring at my eye and forming an opinion. Like the “You have a pimple on your face” nightmare that we all endure at one stage or another. You know the one, where you go out in public and you have had the BIGGEST pimple on your face that you didn’t know was there. How embarrassing right?
IF only mental illness was a physical thing we could see, feel and touch. Wouldn’t it make it so much easier to realise that someone wasn’t ok? Sure there are physical signs that people are struggling with mental illness, but if it was a tangible thing, life would be that much easier for the person struggling, and for those who were worried about their friends and loved ones.
There is nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed about when it comes to mental illness. I know, its easier said than done. If you are reading this and you have fought tirelessly with mental illness or your own struggles, you need to know things will AND do get better (Just like my infected eye). You just have to put your hand up and ask for help. Tell someone, anyone that you’re not ok. Tell someone how you are feeling and what is concerning you. Trust me. It will make a world of difference.
Coming up on the 8th of October in Mackay is the “Mental Health & Wellbeing Fair” being held at the Mackay Showground from 2 – 7pm. I urge you to get along and support this great event and help make a difference to your own life or someone you know that is struggling.