World Mental Health Day is an international day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries. This day, each October, thousands of supporters come to celebrate this annual awareness program to bring attention to mental illness and its major effects on peoples’ lives worldwide. In some countries this day is part of an awareness week, such as Mental Health Week in Australia.
I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder at 19 years old and didn’t get treatment until ten years later. I let my own stigma and depression dictate my well-being. I lost many good years to depression, rage, fear, and mania. It cost me in every aspect of my life: friends, money, jobs, and family.
Today I’m healthy with the help of medication and regular therapy sessions. I’m happy and have found a great medical team. This was critical to my success. If you can’t communicate with your Psychiatrist or Therapist, get another and keep changing until you can be honest with them.
I can’t stress enough how your General Practitioner isn’t qualified to manage your ongoing Mental Health matters. They are a good start but after trying medication and not getting better, you need to seek out a Psychiatrist or Therapist. They are the only ones who are specialized to understand the complex nature of Mental Health and Mental Illness.
Your Mental Health matters, every day!