In the last three years, I have gone through some extremely traumatizing and life-altering situations. My husband (now ex-husband) was in a near fatal motorcycle crash which left him in a coma for days and in which he sustained a severe traumatic brain injury. Suddenly I was thrust into the role of caregiver for a condition I knew nothing about. Within a year of this accident I experienced extreme anxiety, panic attacks, domestic abuse, infidelity, and subsequently a divorce. Oh, I did I mention this was all during the pandemic? These situations rank in the top of the most stressful events a person can go through in life and yet I came out the other side with my sanity intact. Below is a list of things I have used when I’m losing my shit.
Mental health is a hugely important, yet often misunderstood and overlooked, area of overall health and wellbeing. For many people, mental health is still shrouded in misconceptions and stereotypes about what it looks like or how to cope with it. It can be difficult to identify what signs indicate a potential problem. To help raise awareness and increase understanding of mental health issues, here are five examples of what mental health looks like versus what it actually is like.Continue reading