It's okay to ask for help...
Dealing with a mental illness isn't an easy thing, especially when you are "handling" it all by yourself. It's important to try and get help.
The truth is, there's no quick fix to mental illness. You can't just "get over it." Seeking therapy is a way to learn how to cope and handle a mental illness in a healthy and safe way.
However, in order to get people the help they need, we must change the ways we perceive mental illness in society today. What do you do when you have the flu? The answer is simple: you go to the doctor.
It's the same thing with mental illness, only in this instance the doctor is a therapist. Instead of there being something wrong with your physical health, there's something wrong with your mental health.
It's that simple.
We have conditioned society to hold things in, to not talk about problems. Therapy stresses the need to talk about things, to let things out. Through expression comes healing, and recovery-and that's the most beautiful thing of all.
As you will see in the video below, there are different schools of therapy that are suited for different types of people and different illnesses.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) published a report in 2013 (pictured right) to illustrate the misconception surrounding mental illness in today's society. According to the report, 1 in 4 adults experience mental illness in a year. Picture four of your closest relatives- it is likely that one of them has experienced mental illness.
We must delete the stigma that surrounds mental illness. People are hurting everywhere, too scared to seek help because they don't want to be seen as mentally ill or "broken."
Sometimes it helps just to talk about it. Just saying it out loud can alleviate some of the stress you might be feeling. The worst thing you can do is keep completely to yourself.
Always remember that you are not alone. Sometimes it might seem like the world is crashing down on you and no one cares, but this is NOT the case.
You are not alone.
Help is just a phone call away...If you are feeling suicidal or know someone that is call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or visit their website: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/.