Today is the fourth annual Mental Health Month Blog Day and my second year to participate. Mental health affects millions of women, myself included.
Since last year my mental health has gone South. Let me explain. My mental health has always teetered between sane and insane, but recently I reached a breaking point. My youngest daughter is dying and I'm responsible for her full-time care and the stress is overwhelming. There are many days when I want to stay in bed with the covers over my head. There are days I want to ignore my daughter. There are days I feel guilty. There are days when I want to walk away.
My depression has worsened as well as my anxiety. Sometimes I feel very alone in a gigantic fishbowl called life. It seems I'm swimming nowhere fast. I sometimes forget that I'm not alone.
It's important for women to know there is help out there.
If you feel like you're swimming nowhere fast, don't be ashamed to ask for help. You're not alone! There is help out there.
- One in four Americans experiences a mental health disorder every year, according to the National Institutes of Mental Health.
- Chronic stress can affect both our physical and psychological well-being by causing a variety of problems including anxiety, insomnia,
muscle pain, high blood pressureand a weakened immune system.
- Research published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior (Vol. 41, No. 2) finds that 68 percent of Americans do not want someone with a mental illness marrying into their family and 58 percent do not want people with mental illness in their workplaces.
- Publish a blog post that incorporates mental health’s importance. Tell people why it’s important to you and why it should be important to everyone.
- Include a link back to yourmindyourbody.org or one of its own blog posts.
- Add the “I’m blogging for mental health 2013″ badge to your blog post. Add the badge by copying and pasting the HTML code.
- Share your blog and any blogs you discover or our round-up on posts on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr, Pinterest, or any social networking sites you are on. Use #mhblogday as the tag.
- Keep returning to Your Mind, Your Body throughout the day to see what new blogs have joined the party.
- Find new blogs to read and bloggers to follow! Comment on their posts. Share their links. Spread the word about mental health awareness!
Be sure to check out all the great Mental Health Month Blog Day posts.