Today is World Mental Health Day
Did you know 1 in 5 Adults have a mental health condition?
Youth health is also worsening, and 80% of them are left with no or insufficient treatment
When I was about eleven years old, I moved to the U.S. with my parents and six-year-old brother
We moved here with nothing but the clothes we had on
Everything and everyone we knew were a 12 hour flight away
We also didn’t speak the language or know much about this new culture
My dad’s third cousin which he had never met, helped us by giving us shelter at her place for three months
In those three months, she made our lives living hell.
She wouldn’t let us look out the window or leave the house
She’d say we would get deported back home if we stepped outside
We had a VISA to stay at the time but didn’t know any better
This was a new world for us, and the most vulnerable we’ve ever been
Then, my parents finally found a place to rent and found a job
That was when I was left alone to take care of my six-year-old brother for the first time in my life
Soon I started having anxiety and panic attacks
I remember feeling my heart beating so fast I thought it was going to explode
I felt like I was going to die
I can’t explain the awful feeling I felt many nights a week and how many calls my mom had to take from me
My poor mom had to talk me out of a panic attack every call
Until finally, it started to not be so bad
But I still deal with anxiety to this day. And thanks to my amazing mom’s support, I no longer have panic attacks
The reason I’m sharing this is because I’m not ashamed to be human
And neither should you be
Talk about it with a loved one today or write about it, if you are still not 100% “there”
But get it out of your system
Look for help.
I hesitated to see someone for so long, and there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with that
I believe that even those that have no issues or think they don’t, SHOULD still see someone
We can all improve our mental health, no matter what state it is in
Most of us had some sort of traumatic event happen in our lives
Whether it was a death in the family, a huge lifestyle change like mine, a bad break up, you name it!
It’s almost impossible to go through life without a scar
But scars are what make us beautiful, they make us human, they make us who we are
And it’s only once we own up to them, that we can move forward to live a beautiful life
I hope you found some comfort in my story
Feel free to email me directly to share yours at firstname.lastname@example.org, or comment below
You are not alone.