Creating more awareness around mental illness is very important to me because I suffer from depression and anxiety. I am no longer ashamed to talk about my struggles because I know that many others are suffering in silence. They are plagued by the shame of mental illness.
As a Filipino American, I feel that it is a privilege to talk freely about my mental illnesses because there are many who are too afraid to talk about their own mental illnesses in fear of being shame, ostracized, or minimizing their symptoms/feelings/emotions.
It is ok to not be ok.
It is ok to ask for help.
It is ok to talk about really hard dark feelings.
There is hope
If you or someone you know needs immediate help and it is unsafe to leave the location, please call 911. Self harm is not the answer — ever. The counselors talk individuals to a safe mental space and present other resources in their local area.
Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
National Suicide Prevention Hotline : 1-800-273-8255
Veteran’s Helpline: 1-800-273-8255 & Press 1 or Text a message to 838255
Maternal Mental health awareness
I posted about my mental health throughout 2019 and would like to place all of those posts in one place to help you learn more about mental health, how to get help, and what resources are available in the US. Know that the hardest part is reaching out for help AND more importantly, you are brave for asking for help. I have create this blog to breakdown the negative connotations around mental health.
Please feel free to read these posts at your leisure. I pray it helps you know you are not alone and you can overcome this. If you ever need to talk, I am 100% here to support you. Unconditionally.
Series: Asking for help: Why is this so hard?
Series: Asking for help: Resources
Series: Asking for help: Tools
Series: Asking for help: Alternative therapy & medicine
Series: Parenting a child with mental illness
Series: Parenting a child with mental illness – Mama bear & diagnosis
Series: Parenting a child with mental illness – Managing daily life
Series: Parenting a child with mental illness – Moms supporting moms
Series: Parenting a child with mental illness – Conclusion
Series: It’s not just you – Chronic disease & special needs
Series: It’s not just you – A year later (PPD/PPA)
Series: It’s not just you – GAD (General Anxiety Disorder)
Series: It’s not just you – Mentally healthy mom
Series: It’s not just you – Empathetic mom (PPD)
Darkness during the holidays