Today marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week. It was first established in 1990 and takes place each year during the first full week of October (Oct 6 to 12, 2019) to help educate and increase awareness about mental illness by focusing on community outreach and public education.
As most of you know, I have made it my mission over the last few years to help spread as much awareness as I can and to help educate as many individuals in my community (and beyond) as I can which would not be at all possible without the incredible love and support that surrounds me each and every day. It’s days like today that really help remind me that I am not alone and it’s days like today that really help remind me that no matter what, it’s okay not to be okay when you have the right people in your corner.
Today we, as a family spent the afternoon together, outside in the crisp fall air (a very rare occasion these days) but the cherry on top was also spending it with some good friends; friends who have become like family. Friends who we met by chance 17 years ago (this week!) when both our youngest babies were just days old and friends who have been in that
corner ever since.
corner ever since.
Friendships like this are hard to find; you know the ones that I’m talking about, the ones that you can call on at any time of day (or night) when you need to, the ones that are there for you when you’re feeling down or when you just need a good laugh. Friendships of this magnitude can enrich our lives and well-being but what happens when one part of that friendship is struggling with depression?
Depression can make even the strongest of friendships quite challenging, trust me, I know. I know this because I am that friend with depression and I know that not everyone is up for the challenge. I get how hard it must be sometimes to listen to someone always talking so negatively about herself (himself) or to know just what to say to them or how to even help, but just knowing someone is in your corner means that you always have someone there who brings you comfort, who encourages you, who allows you to share with them openly and honestly, who forgives you and who supports you through both the good days and bad.
Take a moment to pause here and ask yourself; who’s in your corner? I hope when you release that pause you see that your corner is overflowing just like mine is!
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