9 Things You Absolutely Need To Remember on World Mental Health Day.

1. You are not alone. Ignore the voice in your head desperately trying to convince you so.

2. It will get better. I know you do not believe me in this moment, but I swear to you, Girl Guides Honour, it will get better. Maybe not immediately, maybe not even in the very near future, but you have to believe me when I tell you IT WILL GET BETTER.

3. You are strong enough to survive this. This battle that you are fighting has left you tired and weary and I know all too well the desire to simply crawl into bed, close your eyes, and never open them again. I know it is all encompassing and you are beyond miserable but you need to know this – you are stronger than you know and hold within you all the strength you need to fight and WIN this battle.

4. You are not to blame for the state of your mind. It is genetics and chemicals and circumstances that were and are completely out of your hands and you are absolutely NOT TO BLAME so don’t you dare ever feel guilty about the state of your mental health.

5. It will not be easy, but it will be worth it. One day, years from now, you’re going to look back at how far you’ve come and be completely overwhelmed with pride. I won’t lie to you – the road to recovery is a long one and it’s not always particularly pleasant. You are going to trip and stumble and scrape your knees but trust me, get up, wipe the blood away and keep going, keep fighting, because you deserve the happiness that awaits you.

6. There’s an entire community out there in the world of people just like you and it is vital that you befriend them. They will become a support system, an army of sorts – they will be there through it all, the good times, the bad times and the in betweens. Reach out to them and take comfort in the solidarity you will find.

7. You matter. You may feel as though you’re just one small insignificant soul in a sea of important people, but to some, you are the entire world. You are important and valued and loved and NEEDED. Without you the world be that tiny bit dimmer.

8. Cope with your emotions as you see fit, but never forget this vital fact: you deserve to be loved. And respected. And valued. Your mental health does not take away that right nor do your actions. Do not allow yourself to be taken advantage of merely to FEEL something. You deserve the world and all the love it has to offer.

9. You are not alone. And I’m saying it twice because it is absolutely crucial that you understand this. This illness will try its hardest to convince you otherwise and at times it will succeed. In those moments you need only reach out and I promise you will find those willing to wrap their arms around you and hold you up until you are once more strong enough to stand on your own two feet. Do not retreat into your own dark and twisty mind. Do not be ashamed for there is nothing to feel shame over. You are not your diagnosis and you are not alone in this battle.

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