Tuesday, June 30, 2015

It's ok.

Well, hello.

It's been awhile.  And in that while, my life has changed. Drastically. Completely. {insert any other earth shattering word}

Y'all may remember my passion for mental health awareness & suicide prevention (if not, see.... well. I haven't told you about that yet. Ok, made a note. it's coming soon.)

So let's back track real quick. Like I said, I'll go into detail later this week.. but.. one of my life's passions is bringing awareness to mental health and releasing the stigma surrounding both that and suicide prevention.  One of the most important things to know is this: IT'S OK TO NOT BE OK & TO SAY IT!   Please, say it. Keep saying when people disagree with you and respond with "no, you're fine. you're ok. you have a job, you have a roof over your head" etc etc etc. Trust me, it happened to me. Keep saying it until you are ok. Keep saying until you get what you need.  Spread the word. Tell your people to say if they're not ok. To ask for help. To ask for a shoulder. To ask for an ear. For whatever you need.

As I said, my life has changed in the last year. I have moments where I am not ok, and for a variety of reasons. People now listen. and understand {the best they can}.
I had moments where I was hyperventilating on the floor of my bathroom, sobbing on the floor of the kitchen, sometimes a song will still get me. It happens. and it's OK. Because, I will be ok. I'm on the road to being ok. Someone asked me about it today and said "are you ok?" I stopped for a second. Noone has asked in awhile. And I replied "No. No I'm not. I haven't been for a year. But I will be" One day I'll be 'whole' again....as whole as can be.  Which is to be expected after having your life torn apart from the inside. 

My point in this is... if someone is telling you they are not ok, LISTEN. 
If you're not ok SAY IT. Say it again. and again. Until you are heard.  

Tomorrow-- we'll talk about my new favorite book.  
And why it's ok "if you feel too much"   {and some shopping! ;) }