It takes guts to admit that something isn't right, whether that be with yourself, in your relationship or something else. Setting out and admitting you need help can often be a super huge challenge for people, especially those who aren't used to speaking about themselves. When it comes to mental illness the sad thing is because it's not a visible thing it can be misunderstood and even ridiculed by people and those people are the ones who don't understand. With mental illness there is a huge stigma around it, that is makes you a crazy person, or that you're a weak person which I think is totally not the case at all. In fact in my opinion dealing with a mental illness which is your head day in and day out makes you a pretty damn strong person, you feel weak, you feel scared and most of the time people don't understand you at all which can make it all that bit harder.
o when it comes to asking for help it can be difficult, I have heard stories of people being rejected by their doctor which is an incredibly wrong thing to do and they should be the most understanding of them all, but as we move closer to breaking the stigma which comes with mental illness people are becoming more accepting and starting to understand it's not something that can be helped within a person. It makes me annoyed that some people turn around and say that it is your own fault that you have the illness, yet it hits waaaaay more people than everyone knows. A lot of celebrities even suffer with mental illnesses, and just like any other illness, it's blind and it doesn't discriminate against people.
If you're reading this and not sure if you have a mental illness or you're not sure what is going on, you need to sit down with yourself and think about your feelings- if it is easier write them down that way when you go get help it is a lot easier to go through all of the points of how you are feeling, take a friend or a family member with you I promise you it helps a great deal, even if they just wait in the reception area. I think a massive step when dealing with mental health is speaking to people, even if it is just one person who you trust. Let them know you're struggling and you don't know how to cope and they can help you along the way too.
The worst thing you can possibly do is lock yourself away or try push it away as it'll always rear it's ugly head, which is the sad and scary thing. There are so many routes to help deal with everyday life and dependant on your illness there are many suggested routes by your doctor. There is no such thing as you not deserving the help, even if you have a huge house and a perfect family, it doesn't matter. Mental illness is evil like that. If you feel like you are feeling suicidal please talk to someone whether that be a friend, me or even an annoymous service like Samaritans. People care and they want to help you, please take that step to getting help today, I promise it doesn't make you weak or any less of a person, it makes you stronger if anything.