Kathy Graham – Happy + Well
Depression and anxiety are common and fortunately in we are getting better at recognizing and responding to these illnesses. However, there is still a lot of stigma and shame, sometimes even with ourselves.
Every time I deliver a course someone will share their story with me:
The Nurse who had been living with depression for 20 years and yet no one at work knows.
The Lawyer who didn’t turn up for work Monday morning because after years of battling debilitating depression alone he completed suicide.
The Teacher who spent every evening drinking herself to sleep, not acknowledging her depression even to herself – just trying to anaesthetize her pain.
They don’t have to share their mental health issues publicly, however it is such a shame that they didn’t know where to get support or even what might be helpful for what they were experiencing.
Your mental health is no one else’s business, but it should be yours. We assume our mental health happens to us and we can feel as though we have little if any control over it. But there is a lot we can do to positively manage our mental health and wellbeing, to make us less likely to become mentally unwell, and to cope better if we do.
There are lots of theories and models for enhancing your mental health and wellbeing. Here are 5 simple ideas:
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