If you break your arm, you wear your cast with honor. You show it off, get people to sign it. You aren’t scared for others to see. You ask for help when it prevents you from doing something. People might bring you dinner. It’s a big deal.
I long for a day that mental illness can be seen the same way. A broken brain is no different than a broken arm. No one brings you dinner. No one wants to sign your cast. No one even wants to acknowledge your broken arm. Can’t you just be happy? Why can’t you just do this one simple thing? It’s not that simple.
Words to describe a mental illness to those going through it can include emptiness, feeling alone, Darkness, chaos, messy, whirlwind, despair. This can all be felt all at once. It is going to take one hell of a cast to cover up those broken feelings.
Those who have contemplated suicide often feel like their broken is too much for the rest of the world to bare. Their darkness, their mess is spreading to others. I have experienced these feelings. It had nothing to do with removing my own cast, but everything about preventing my family to have to lift it for me since it was getting far too heavy.
Everyone is here for a reason. We might not know what that reason is as of yet. But it is there. Like a broken arm, mental illnesses can get better. You might always need to wear a wrist brace, but he weight of that cast will be removed. The heaviness can go away.
If you have been there, know I love you. I love your broken. If you cannot personally relate to this, take it to heart that it is much more complicated than simply wishing to be better. Educate yourself. Learn how to be a better support person. Sometimes they are just holding on for someone. Be that someone. #mentalhealth #postpartumdepression #itgetsbetter #semicolonproject #broken #mentalillness #mentalhealthrecovery #thereislight