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  • Writer's pictureNicole Ogg

YOUR MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS.

When the world is dark and you feel like you can’t find the light, there is light. When you feel like you bring no value to the world, you do. When you see the happiness around you but you don’t feel it, you can feel it again. When you don’t want to wake up because you feel like the world would be better off without you, it wouldn’t be. YOU. Yes, you. The one that’s reading this article. You are the light, you are valuable, you can feel happiness, and the world is better with you in it. Seriously.


But when you’re feeling these heavy thoughts, it can be hard to convince yourself otherwise. I’ve been there. When you feel like your world is crumbling to the ground. I’ve been there too. When you feel like you will never make it out of the dark tunnel that you’re walking in everyday. Yes, I’ve walked through it too. And if you’re wondering why I’m not in that place anymore, my answer is (in bold, CAPITAL LETTERS, underlined and italicized) THERAPY. There are times where we simply cannot handle life, the things being thrown at us, or the trauma that we have experienced and there is a lovely population of mental health providers that are educated and trained to help us handle, deal with and recover from all the real life shit that we’ve been through.


I will never understand why I was so against therapy before I started it. Maybe it stemmed from the bad experience that I had as a 12 year old when my parents were getting a divorce. Maybe it was stubbornness, ego and pride. Honestly, knowing me, I’m going to say it was a combination of all those things. I didn’t really give therapy much thought until I started working in the mental health industry and heard my best friend's experience with it. But the one thing that I do know is that therapy saved my life, it changed my life, it made me work on the issues that needed my attention so that I could grow and I will forever advocate for therapy to be seen as a preventative care measure. Therapy should be used no matter if everything is going right or wrong in your life. WE CANNOT BE TRULY HEALTHY IF WE AREN’T TAKING CARE OF OUR MENTAL HEALTH.


And if you’re struggling to work on your mental health for yourself, which I’ve been there and it sounds so silly to me now, work on it for your family, your relationship or future relationship, your friendships, your pets, or to help erase the stigma around mental health. Just please do it.



Here are some resources you can use to start your journey:


https://www.mentalhealth.gov


https://nami.org/Home


https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/mental-health-resources/


Or to find a mental health provider around you:


https://www.psychologytoday.com/us







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