Did you know 1 in 5 Mums are affected by mental illness, yet many don’t seek help. Having a mental illness can be all-consuming. Often, mums feel ashamed of their struggle, making them feel isolated, inadequate and unlovable because they feel differently from those around them.
THERE is NO SHAME in having a mental illness and we want to TALK ABOUT IT!
We can all do something to help shed a more positive light on mental health. Remember it’s okay to not be okay. It’s okay to ask for help. You are LOVED & you MATTER!
Those of us who have suffered with a mental illness have felt drained day after day from overcoming obstacles that seem effortless to others. We continually compare internal struggles to other people’s external life. It can affect our relationships, thoughts, behaviour, mood, sleep and self-esteem.
If this sounds like something you may be experiencing, here are a few thoughts and tips and stories from other mums in our community who have struggled with mental health issues. We hope they will help you change your mindset so you can take the appropriate steps towards getting help.
Tips to help you change your mindset
Be kind to yourself
If you suffer from a mental illness, chances are you don’t treat yourself with kindness, which makes it harder to recognise your triggers, respond to your moods, and also stops you from realising that you do have a choice to seek help. In order to truly see your current situation, it is important to practice self-compassion. This can be in the form of attending group therapy or information sessions by counsellors. Doing this may help you realise you are not alone and help you gain a sense of interconnectedness.
One the mums from our community Mel Flynn shared this advice, “Be kind to your self and let yourself feel. There is no right way to live or deal with the drama called life and once you accept this and be kind to you the rest happens. Never be too proud to ask for help or too shy to help, we are all playing the life game together and together is the only way we will get through.”
Stephanie, mum of 3 looks forward to the day when mental illness is accepted just like any other illness.
She shares “Mental illness has touched my life in many ways. I’m a survivor, a carer, a friend and an advocate. I understand I’ll have good days and I know I’ll have bad days but above all, I know I’ve gotten through them all and I’ll keep doing that as I’m strong even when I feel I’m weak.