. Not just to raise money with #BellLetsTalk
and our #MAXcommunityFund
($1 per new follow of @MAXgreenCalgary
on social media between now and February 15th will also be donated to mental health charities) but to maybe also #SaveALife
or at least just get somebody actually talking. Just talking about the idea of #MentalHealth
is not enough. We need to share our actual stories so others know they are #NotAlone
Bell Let's Talk day is a big one for me as I am a HUGE supporter and advocate for mental health. But today I have been so focused on our amazing Family Vacation iin Paradise that I didn't have time to complete my thoughts or share anything earlier.
I HAVE SUFFERED from #anxiety
and likely always will to some extent. It runs in my family as a hereditary illness, just like heart disease or diabetes does with other families. But like other diseases there are medications and treatments to mitigate the effects of these diseases.
I take medication daily and see a #Psychologist
regularly (which should be covered by Alberta Health Care and I WILL continue to rant on that until that changes) and I am #NOTASHAMED
to share my story and my treatment methods if it can maybe even help one other person get help and even save a life.
A big thing I have learned in my journey is that #AnxietyIsNormal
in life. We all face it to varying degrees. Whether it is a fear of public speaking or something much worse that cripples a person's ability to function due to panic attacks, it affects everybody differently. But if it is crippling then seek help.
I am now a couple of weeks away from the 5 year Anniversary of losing my father to Mental Illness. I thought I dealt with it okay. After all he was in a better place.
But that still does not take away the grief at all. And grieving is important. NOT simply moving on with a busy life and hiding those feelings away. They WILL come out eventually. May as well face them head on and work through all of the #feelings
not just then but on an ongoing basis.
I supressed all the feelings and continued on with my busy life, including my wedding to my bestfriend only 3 weeks after my father's death.