Quotes are not normally my thing
For those of you who’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know I don’t normally do quotes. So why the quotes today? Wellllll, if you’ve seen my last post about my suicidal thoughts and plan, you’ll know I’m not in a great space right now.
A friend sent me a beautiful friendship quote, and it got me thinking — keep my brain occupied today — reading quotes for a while. And now, I’d like to share some with you.
This one makes a lot of sense to me and I want people to know that mental illness, showing emotion or crying does not make us weak. In fact, our many and varied struggles have made us stronger.
Having had to struggle through the hard times, pain and suffering, and that feeling of drowning in quicksand, we’ve toughened up.
We’ve had to learn new skills and coping mechanisms and, we’ve realised strengths we previously weren’t aware of.
In the words of Bob Marley “You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.”
Standing up for mental health
As an ex-nurse mental health nurse, and someone who experiences mental illness, I remain extremely passionate about raising awareness. I’m a determined advocate fighting the stigma, social exclusion and discrimination that come with mental illness.
I’ll continue shouting out about mental illness, encouraging others to talk about their mental health and illness. Let’s all open up, reach out, and fight to get the right treatment, the right support we need and deserve, when we need it.
In my quest for change and improvement in mental health services, particularly for women, I do lots of reading and writing; to our government leaders and MP’s. I’ve just some interesting articles saying “All Women Should Be Screened For Anxiety Disorders,“
One article goes on to say “Young women ages 13 and up, including those who are pregnant or have just given birth, should be screened for anxiety at routine visits,” according to a Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI) recommendation released March 2016.
The WPSI was established with the aim of improving women’s health in the USA, across their lifespan. Whoop, whoop, people, leaders, organisations, really are beginning to stand up, and trying to make a difference.
To wind up, I’ll leave a few more quotes for today. They either mean something to me, or I find them amusing, or just because…..
Over to you
Well, you know how cr*p my week’s been, and that I’m getting out of London for a few days. We’ll be sitting by the lake in the late summer sunshine, surrounded by woodland, fresh air and good company.
Thankfully there’s only six of us, ‘cos you’ve heard about the new law in England, right? It’s currently against the law to be out in public with more than six people. Ooops, I forgot. That means my niece is going to have to sit two metres away from us — in her own white painted circle that’s appeared in the park overnight! No worries, we’ll chuck over alcopops and stuff so she doesn’t feel left out.
So what’s your week been like, and will your weekend by full of happiness and sunshine?