Today is World Mental Health Day. World Mental Health day concentrates on our mental health wellbeing; something we must all continue to work on.
Good mental health is characterised by a person’s ability to feel, express and manage a range of positive and negative emotions. As children, we trust family will have our backs around our mental health, it’s not something we stop to question. We trust we will be cared for. We put our trust in family.
Experiences can sometimes be the catalyst for mental health issues, or having a family predisposition to problems with mental health. I have had to deal with mental health issues. Through the steps I have taken, I now know everything I need to know about cerebral palsy and autism, about myself and how I got to this place.
If and when we struggle with mental health, do we ever get over mental health issues? I think we can. Whatever our mental health issues, it is important we acknowledge what happens to us. It is important we recognise and accept what we feel and make sure that what we feel doesn’t continually intrude in other parts of our life negatively.
We must understand our relationships and the people in it. If we don’t have trust we must start to work on trust. Trust is the invisible thread that supports positive mental health. You don’t see it, but you know it’s there, whether it’s between two consenting adults, between a parent and child, or between siblings. It’s worse when it’s between a parent and child.
Through my writing, I have taken control of my mental health. What happens to us mustn’t have power over us, sometimes it is the realisation that what happened to us, happened for as long as it did. When mental health issues happen under our watch, it’s harder to let go.
We must be proactive in our own mental health. We cannot always assume we will have good mental health. We can’t assume anything.