Chatting more about one aspect of community which needs more discussion

Today has been a rough day mentally so far.

My sister in law would have been 50 years old today. The one I was the most like, with our mutual loves of administration, organization & cats.

Mental illness took her from us far too early, yet I know I will see her again one day. Which doesn’t mean that she isn’t missed at every holiday, celebration or milestone in our family.

One aspect of community which doesn’t get talked about enough is mental wellness. And we need to. Coz many of us have hidden our emotions away for far too long. Whether childhood trauma, abuse, hormonal or chemical imbalances – we all need to hear that even if we are struggling, we matter & have value to our community.

My support circle is fully aware that I am not perfect, but I always try to be present any time they need me, even if it is by phone or text as I am too far away.

Coz when one of us is hurting, we all are when community matters. Knowing someone cares helps.

@wondherful is one voice of someone making a difference in the mental wellness battle. Her story is super inspiring.

The book Redefining Anxiety by @johndelony was super helpful to me as well as refreshingly honest.

@itsjuliwilson & @kaylasteck are widows who have lost their husbands to mental illness. Their feeds on Instagram talk about the struggles of being the ones left behind.

Speaking with a counselor or excellent physician can be helpful. I have done so regularly with one or the other, and in one season both, as well as maintained a few close relationships where we can tell each other anything, and know we are loved just as we are.

If mental illness has affected your circle of family and/or friends, leave a 💙 in the comments, and please know that you are not alone.

I helped get a friend who overdosed in high school to hospital in time to make a difference. My boyfriend at the time’s good friend did not speak up, and didn’t make it through his battle. I have been acutely aware of the battle for mental wellness since I was a young teen.

If mental illness is currently affecting you personally, leave a 🙏. Please know that I have been there (depression & anxiety) and there is no judgment here, friend. I will pray you will find the right community to best support you. And know that I’m sending you a 🫂 and will keep you in my prayers.

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