First and foremost, I need to start by saying thank you. Thank you all so much for making Mental Health Awareness Month something more meaningful than I ever thought possible.
To the 16 people that were so amazingly open and vulnerable and honest with their stories, I don’t have words to explain how much I appreciate your help. Sammy, McVeety, Kaley, Caroline, Jschwa, Christine, Alyssa, Corinne, Gina, Lydia, Maggie, Hope, Kelsey, and the handful of you that preferred to remain anonymous, you are the reasons these posts were even possible and you deserve so much recognition and gratitude for that.
I know I’ve said it before, but opening yourself up to this unknown abyss that is the internet is scary AF in and of itself. To make it even scarier, throw in a topic as stigmatized as mental health…how much more intimidating can it get!! It took a lot of strength and bravery for each of these stories to come together, but I hope you all can agree with me when I say that I think the reward from all of this strongly outweighs the original fears we may have had.
To all of you that have read these posts, reached out to either myself or these writers, shared your own stories, and supported any one of us throughout this month, THANK YOU, TOO. These words are filled with so much significance because of the audience that has been consuming them.
It has filled my heart over and over again this month to hear all of your messages, texts, and stories based on the pieces you have read. And I know I am not alone in this. I know so many of these writers have also said they have received amazingly positive responses too.
It just goes to show you, that we really are all in this together. There are always people out there that can relate, understand, and sympathize. And there will always be people willing to listen if you’re willing to share.
I really really hope that over time we continue to share our stories even more often and more freely. If there is any one last lesson I can leave you all with, its that none of us are experts in this, we’re all just figuring it out as we go. But that doesn’t mean we can’t share what we’re going through. All of your feelings, experiences, and struggles are valid. Whether its a good day, or a bad day, it’s your day and you should never be ashamed of that.
ALSO I have an exciting announcement about an upcoming idea I’m working on…………….but I realized this post is long so I will explain it in a new post. (HINT HINT: it’s for Pride Month)