• James Hatton

Mental Health Can Affect Anyone


Before I start this month, I’d like to raise the point that no matter what situation you’re in, no matter the circumstances, whether you’re wealthy. Whether you’re poor. Whether you’re famous or not. Mental health can affect anyone, anytime and anywhere. Just because it may not have affected you personally it may have perhaps affected a love one that you know, or even perhaps a close friend.

So remember. Don’t judge someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.

So here’s something of which personally I believe sums up mental health in somewhat of a nutshell.

As summer draws in and many start to enjoy and begin their jolly holidays or begin to even plan them let’s roll back to some of the basics.

Because if we know the feeling, or perhaps the signs, we may just be able to help someone…

So this month is all about what is some of the common feelings that best describes certain mental health a little more, shed with some little positive messages.

Stress, anxiety, and depression are caused when we are living to please others. Depression is when you don’t really care about anything. Anxiety is when you care too much about everything, and having both is well, kind of hell.


Having anxiety and depression is like being scared and tired all at the same time. It’s the fear of failure but no urge to be productive. It’s wanting to be lonely. It’s caring about everything but then caring about nothing.

It’s everything at once then feeling paralyzingly numb.

In an era of social media madness. We’ve become so focused on being our own professionals at making our own world seem so perfect, happy, and full of goodness. Yet we become so infatuated on pleasing others we often forget to help ourselves and then get lost in secret to our own buried demons.

Remember it’s ‘OK’ to ‘NOT BE OK.’

There are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading to the same place, so it doesn't matter which path you take. The only person wasting time is the one who runs around the mountain, telling everyone that his or her path is wrong.

Remember,

I think you have to understand that just because there are prettier people, this does not make you ugly. And yes maybe there are skinnier people, but this does not make you fat. And yes maybe there are smarter people, but this does not make you dumb. And the truth is that someones going to love you just the way you are, and it's not going to matter that there are prettier, skinnier, or smarter people. Because to at least one person you're going to be absolute perfection and they're going to fall in love with you. But before that happens, remember don't be afraid to fall in love with yourself. Accept yourself

I was a lost soul two years ago, twice on succession nearly left this world. I was the perfect pro at hiding everything. Hiding my feelings. So please when I say this, talk more, confide more. And don’t be ashamed of who you are. How you’re feeling, and always speak openly to close loved ones.

There are many people out there who love you. Remember that. I’ll say that again, ‘ THEY’RE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO LOVE YOU,’ They can help you in and on the right path to take away that pain your feeling. It was the greatest decision I ever did to open up. It was also the hardest decision I ever did. Because it was me taking an open an honest step against myself for what at the time I though was all the right and also wrong reasons.

Remember you never know what someone is going through until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.

Proud survivor. Proud ambassador. End stigma.

James H BSc(hons)

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