#TimetoTalk, Time to Change: World Mental Health Day 2014

Friday, 10 October 2014

  I'm waking up at 4:00am in the morning. My eyes are open but all I see is darkness, the light is on but I continue to see darkness. I attempt to lift my head, but it appears stuck, my arms are also...stuck. I'm unable to move my limbs, my body is paralysed. Everything is dark and there is a high pitched ringing in my ears. My breathing is also paralysed, am I dying? Is this what dying feels like?
These feelings are some of the most scariest and unknown that I've ever felt, however at the same time I have never felt more calm and at peace. Maybe I've already died? Hmmm.So I'm supposed to be dead, but how am I still able to think things and consciously understand what is happening around and to me. This is all very weird. I hope this is some kind of dream, so I close my eyes very slowly and as I close them suddenly, it is as if a pressing weight has been lifted completely off my body, a harsh wind fills my insides, inflating my lungs-I am breathing again. I lift my head, it follows me this time and I am able to sit up. I open my eyes once more and light floods them. I am awake again, I am back to reality.

1 in 4 people will experience some kind of Mental Health problem in the course of the year.

What I have described above is some of  the symptoms that some people with depression have to deal with everyday. They are also some symptoms which I myself have experienced while going through mental health issues last year. There are so many other ways in which people will experience mental health and what I have described above is just one of many. As if it wasn't bad enough that people have to deal with these symptoms, they also have to deal with the horrible symptoms of society's stigmas and discrimination. Do you think that's fair? Do you think it's fair to make them feel more frightened and embarrassed than they already are? It's not! It's not fair! It's cruel and it's time to stop this! This World Mental Health Day, all I'm asking is that you take some time to think. It doesn't mater if it's a couple of minutes or a couple of hours but please think. Think before you call the man mumbling to himself 'a crackpot'.Revaluate your thoughts before saying that all people with schizophrenia are violent and drop the idea that you will never suffer from Mental Health, because chances are you WILL experience it at least one point in your life and you wouldn't want to be the one on the other end of the stick of mental health discrimination, because I've been there and it's not pretty. So let's all try to make a change to end mental health discrimination. It's #TimetoTalk it's Time to Change so sign a pledge on the Time to Change website:

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