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World Mental Health Day

Scroll right by if you don’t want to feel emotions. This is raw and real.

Today is world mental health day. This season in particular seems to catch a lot of us off guard. It’s been a long ass year and we are burning through the days without catching a break. After hearing of a devastating event in northern Maine, of a mother suffering from depression and taking her own life, it really shook me up. It made me ball my eyes out for her and her family…. It made me feel pain for someone I didn’t even know. Here's why...

After having my second baby the doctors told me I would likely experience postpartum depression even worse this time around. I didn't want to believe them. I was stubborn and pushed myself to work everyday for months. No way was it going to take me down. Well it did. I was terrified. Postpartum depression carries depths unlike any emotions you will ever feel. I felt hopeless. No interest in anything, wasn't feeling joy. (my thyroid wasn't working either, so there's that) But I got help and I got better. WAY BETTER. 💪

I don’t want the “poor me” and “I’m so sorry you went through that” sympathy. No-

This is what I want you to do:

I want you to be there for anyone you think may be signaling that they need help. I want you to check on people. I want you to invite people into your home for dinner. I want you to give someone a smile when they give you a frown. I want you to be a good listener when you just want to be right. I want you to promise me that you will assume everyone you interact with is doing the very best they can. You never know what someone is going through.

Be there.

#worldmentalhealthday #imhere


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