Mental Health Collection: Rebecca's Perspective
Mental health? --- whoa! Don’t even go there!
Actually, I just did! It’s time for us to start talking about those uncomfortable words. Every single person in this world has “Mental Health” just like every single person in this world has “Physical Health.” Everybody will get sick at some point in their lives. If you have a sore throat, you will go to a doctor, take medicine and sleep. If you have cancer, you will go for chemo or radiation. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, and caring for it is just as necessary.
I think the biggest thing that people don’t understand about mental illness is that it is not a choice. People who suffer from it do not choose to have it, and they aren’t able to just snap out of it. It is a chemical imbalance in the brain. It is spending countless hours in bed because you just can’t get out to face the day. It is constant crying. It is permanent exhaustion. It is not having any control over your thoughts. Feeling worthless. Hating yourself. Not being able to look in the mirror. Just wanting to die.
Can you tell that I'm passionate about mental health?
Anyone struggling with mental illness will have their own perspective and ways of dealing with it. But one thing is certain...it never just goes away. It will always be there, just waiting to make its appearance. It takes constant daily attention and time to keep it at bay. And maybe, the few words on the decals will be able to give you the strength to keep it away. If they can help just one person, then it’s worth it. You’re worth it!
I hadn't been working for Amanda very long when my husband jokingly (sort of) asked me when I was going to start coming up with sayings for Grounded Goodness. Little did he know that I had already started a list for the Mental Health Collection in my phone. It somehow got brought up into a conversation with Amanda one day at work...I was terrified to tell her my idea. But once I did, she gave me a high five and did a happy dance. However, I didn’t think much of it until after a few weeks she approached me and asked what I had so far and if I'd be willing to share. And now here we are!
I had the idea of creating the Mental Health Collection as I am in the process of recovering from major depression, anxiety, and an eating disorder. For 2 and a half years I struggled with my mental health. I tried everything! From more than 20 different medications, to shock therapy, several hospital visits, psychologist sessions, cognitive behavioural therapy and the list goes on. It took numerous mental health professionals and a whole lot of self-motivation and courage to finally get me back on track. I am finally to a point where I can say I am feeling good! It has taken quite some time and been an emotional roller coaster ride but I am happy I am still here! Without the support of my husband, family and beloved pig, Dixie June, I never would have been able to do it!
All of the sayings in this collection are very special to me, and I want other people who are struggling with mental illness to enjoy them as well. My hope is to be able to spread awareness of these overlooked illnesses and help people have a better understanding of them. Also, for people to understand that it is OK to talk about it and to ask for help. Everyone at some point in their lives will have feelings of despair, sadness, or hopelessness, but regardless of the extent I hope these words will resonate with you and find that inner warrior to keep fighting!
Sometimes it’s OK if all you did today was breathe…..
It's here! The full Mental Health Collection is now officially launched and available to view and purchase here.
P.S. A big thank you again to Adrienne Perrot for these fun and amazing photos...you kick ass.
P.P.S. Comments are welcome! We aren't able to reply to them at this time (silly technology)...but please know that we read them and appreciate all the kindness and honesty you show in your comments. Thank you.
P.P.P.S. We are simply trying to spread awareness about the importance of mental health, by sharing our stories and experiences. We are not qualified to extend advice, but there are many resources available, which include the following: