In a word…..Yes very much so.
I am afraid of who I am, I’m afraid of the symptoms I can’t control, I’m afraid that at any minute my brain we just decided to cause me horrific feelings, I’m afraid of being too happy, I’m afraid of how I come across to others and I’m afraid of how people might judge me, I’m afraid of anxiety attacks, I’m afraid of intrusive thoughts, I’m afraid of being on meds for the rest of my life, I’m afraid of the horrendous conditions and side effects of my meds could cause after a long time, I’m afraid of situations that could trigger an episode, I’m afraid of the episodes that come out of nowhere, I’m afraid of losing touch with reality, I’m afraid of letting people down, I’m afraid of being depressed, I’m afraid of that day when it all starts again, I’m afraid that one bad day leads to the next, I’m afraid of that feeling….you know, when you just need to get away from everyone, I’m afraid to cry, I’m afraid of going back into hospital, I’m afraid of who I am !
There is nothing worse than being afraid, but its even worse my your afraid of something you cant see and you can’t control ……your own mind.
This is why I’m behind the new health campaign.
Introduce mental health education to the national curriculum
Introducing mental heath education in schools will reduce the stigma of mental illness in society, help children deal with the modern pressures they face and will provide them with the advice they need to seek help rather than suffer in silence like I and many others have.
850,000 CHILDREN HAVE MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS
Three children in every classroom has a diagnosable mental health disorder (and that’s just the ones that have been diagnosed)
One in five young adults show signs of an eating disorder
One in 12 deliberately harm themselves (and 25,000 of them are hospitalised each year because of this)
Nearly 80,000 children and young people suffer from severe depression
MY BIGGEST FEAR IS THAT PEOPLE AND CHILDREN ARE NOT GETTING THE SUPPORT THEY NEED – THIS REALLY CAN’T CARRY ON. Lets see the mental health service have a huge shake up and cut out the stigma.