I like many who have suffered with mental health illness kept it to myself – it was my hidden secret.
On the outside I was my normal self but on the inside I was in a very dark place. I felt the need, however, to carry it myself and not be a burden on anyone else. I guess also that there was a part of me which didn’t want to be seen as weak.
I now see this was a terrible mistake and contributed to my downhill spirals. It doesn’t matter how strong you are, mental health illness is something that we all need help with.
There is no shame in having a mental health illness. If I had my time again I would have been more open about it and asked for help earlier.
I guess that is the key message from my post, please don’t hide it and ask for help.