Happy World Mental Health Day?

Happy World Mental Health Day! Well, maybe happy isn’t the adjective I should be using. When people think about happy they normally don’t associate it with such a taboo subject. Think mental health and most of us conjure up dark, negative images. It’s something we shy away from and are reluctant to think about, let alone discuss with others. It’s the elephant in the room and we don’t want it trampling all over our pristine lives.

Yet, all of us are impacted by it. None of us breeze through life in a little bubble of tranquility, despite what some would like the world to believe. There are troughs and valleys, dark passages we must negotiate. Those that say otherwise are not speaking the truth. We are quick to brag about our physical health on social media. Gym selfies are everywhere as we post personal bests and wax lyrical about feats of strength and speed.

I’ve written a lot about my mental health these last few years. In fact, it was one of the main reasons I started writing in the first place. I wanted to exorcise my personal demons and, at the same time, share my story in the hope that they might help others out there going through the same experiences. I’m better than I was but I still have bad days. I’m a work in progress and will always be that way. I am who I am but I’m not ashamed to say that anymore.

Take care of your mental health. It is fragile, precious and should never be taken for granted. Be mindful of your actions and words when it comes to the mental health of others. Be aware of the impact you have on those around you. Love yourself and others. And if you’re struggling, don’t be ashamed to ask for help. There are individuals and organisations out there willing and able to help.

Happy World Mental Health Day. You know what I mean.

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

17 thoughts on “Happy World Mental Health Day?

  1. Stephen, I’m still reading your blog, it is a small ray of sunshine.  I hope that you, your wife, and your children are all keeping safe and healthy.   Best,Pam

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad

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  2. Happy late mental health day. I am waiting for my first doctor appointment in four years due to a lack of access to health care. When I see my new nurse I am going to ask for a referral so I can see a therapist.


  3. Learning to love ourselves can be difficult. What we must do is believe we are worthy of love just as we are. No one is better you than you, and that is a wonderful thing.


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