Six years ago I spent a week in a psychiatric ward to be assessed as I was a danger to myself. This was the first time I had suffered from a very severe mental health episode.
At the time I put the episode down to life pressures which were swirling around me and to be honest I foolishly didn’t take it as seriously as I should have done. I thought it was just a once in a life time event caused by a perfect storm.
Four years later it happened again. It was only then that I realised that I needed real help. There was something within me that needed to be helped and the external pressures were just a trigger for something much deeper.
Both times I made the near fatal mistake of not asking for help. Both times I was lucky to get through it.
My message for this post is please don’t be afraid to ask for help and don’t put it off. Putting it off may just make the problems worse as in my case.
We are all strong and it’s a sign of strength to know when you need help and ask for it.