So apparently I was not aware that it was mental health awareness month in May. I am now aware, go me.

Mental Health America have started a hashtag #mentalhealthfeelslike encouraging those with mental illness to speak out about their daily lives and what having a mental illness means to them. I’ll be trying to participate as the feeling takes me and looking forward to seeing what others post over the remaining 28 days of May.

Always reach out, even when it feels impossible. As Brene Brown quite aptly points out, “If you put shame in a petri dish, it needs three ingredients to grow exponentially: secrecy, silence, and judgment. If you put the same amount of shame in the petri dish and douse it with empathy, it can’t survive.” There is no shame quite like that experienced by those suffering with mental illness or trauma. It’s paralysing. I know I feel physically incapable of communicating when I’m in the middle of a panic attack or an anxiety meltdown, but it’s so important.

Hopefully one day we will be able to end the stigmatism surrounding this, the most isolating and misunderstood scourge on the lives of ordinary people.