I have lost two people who I knew very closely, last year.
One lost to the mind, the other to the heart.
There are things no one expects to falter. This is not a blog post that will tell you to reach out on the days your mind is dull and clouded, because if I’m honest about mental illness, I can tell you a dark day can hit you the same way a heart attack can. I will not only tell you to reach out because that is saying that most people don’t, but another truth about mental health is that people do. We explain their behavior by naming it a phase, calling it crazy, labeling it delusional when someone’s lacking in religious commitments, and sometimes, we call it a personality and even giggle at an online break down or two.
Truth to be told, we need to relearn the language of reaching out. Don’t discredit someone’s experience of life because it’s not the same as your own. Whether it’s mental or physical, tell them to get help and create your own language of understanding.
For my friends across the world who feel lost and those who have lost their lives. For their families – they have my mind, my heart and the burden of life without a loved one. We are learning, we are listening, and we know you are reaching out, and I know it’s hard. Please, just wait for us a little longer if you can. This is not how it ends.
PS: For those who don’t know, World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. Source: Mental Health Foundation, UK.