This topic is one that is heavy on my heart and one I have wanted to write about for quite some time. Please bare with me as I try to piece together what I am hoping to say in this post and know that every single word comes from respect and love.
It is with a heavy heart that as I type this I know so many who are suffering with this very thing including myself, a child of mine and numerous family members and friends. It isn’t something often talked about and it got me to questioning “Why?” I could honestly think of a handful of responses to this question from my personal experience alone but the top two that come to mind are: 1. Fear of judgement 2. Feeling like no-one will understand.
Me, myself and I have PTSD which comes with severe anxiety and panic attacks. It has been apart of my life for over 15 years and I struggle with it daily.
Many of you reading this may have already known this while others may be shocked.
I am happy, optimistic, faith driven and a lover of oh so many things including life itself BUT my mental illness is real. My mental illness has ruined many things for me and my mental illness is something that makes up who I am but does not define me. I know I am not alone as so many are suffering with a mental illness of their own.
1 in 5 in fact have a mental illness in America including but not limited too: Autism, Depression, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Post-Partum Depression, ADHD and many, many more.
Mental illness does not discriminate and it does not look any specific way. Mental illness comes in all shapes and sizes, disguises easily and can be silent or loud.
Mother Theresa once said “I alone cannot change the world but I can cast a stone across the waters to create a ripple.”
Today I am creating that ripple. Today is the day I take a stand and lend out a hand. Today is the day I am doing something about the 1 in 5.
Please help me raise awareness by posting a photo of yourself or someone you love with a mental illness with #SouthernSudsSaves #1in5
This can be posted in the comments below AND/OR on my Instagram.com/Southernsudsandsimpleliving
Together I know we can be the change the world needs to see.