Mental health continues to be a stigma and a topic that people are very uncomfortable approaching. I touched on this subject a little bit not too long ago in this post here where I talk about things that are my guiding light that help me to get out of dark times or help to lessen my anxiety. It isn’t always so ‘simple’ though, you can’t just tell someone to snap out of it, look at the positives, and do what makes them happy because at times something as seemingly simple as getting out of bed can be an impossible task.
It’s been an emotional week with news of the passing of two very famous personalities (Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain) and the french man who threw himself off the roof of the Grand Mosque in Makkah. As a result, we’ve all been seeing a lot of posts addressing issues of mental health and suicide in particular. It’s so hard to imagine sometimes how people who have had so much success in life, been such an inspiration to others, and brought so much joy can themselves be depressed and struggling with mental health issues.
Our mental health, just like physical health is sometimes not in our control- no one would be judgmental or blame someone for being diagnosed with a fatal disease. If you know someone that has become distant, aren’t themselves anymore, or isn’t around when they once used to be… reach out to them, let them know that they’re not alone, that you care, and help them get the help that they may need in order to begin the process of healing. You never know how some kind words could potentially lead to saving someone’s life. Please know that I am always here if anyone ever wants to talk or needs to get their mind off of things (with no judgement) via some good food, a listening ear, or some art therapy. Life is such a precious gift, and it is so so very beautiful.
© Ammara Cokar 2018