“I Talked”…………. Talking is a sign of Strength!!
Here in the Please Talk blog section, we hand over to you; hear from students, who, like many of us, have first hand experience of going through a hard time, reaching out for help and starting their conversation about mental health. If you wish to become a contributor, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
I believe all of us experience some form of mental health issues at some point in our lives. For me, my struggles have been with depression. People have this perception of depression as a dark ominous cloud of emotion and instability hanging as a constant companion above someone’s head. In reality it’s not, it’s a fluid state of mind. It can be lifted and it can return. Anything can trigger a bout of depression, yet anything could also as a release those feelings of inadequate and marginalised. In my personal case I found that a set of steady reliable triggers for escape. Music, Comedy or even a run-of-the-mill action film could do it. Even listening or playing a song could be a massive help, “All Star”, “High Hopes” or the crazy frog ringtone. T.V shows “I’ve Got News for You”, or “A League of Their Own”. Simple solutions to what in essence or simple problems.
I kept my depression to myself for a period of time, but the minute I went out to seek help, the weight on my shoulders felt so much lighter. There is no point keeping mental health issues to yourself, having at least a friend involved can only be a help and a kind, friendly face to talk to.
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