We are incredibly concerned about the mental health crisis in this country. We see it everyday; people have trouble functioning because of the oppressive nature of mental health issues which are only getting worse. We need to do better in getting people help and helping people know that it is okay to talk about it. We need to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health.
I get it. It's not fun to talk about those days that getting out of bed seems like an impossibility. Or those times when a panic attack comes out of thin air over seemingly nothing. It can be scary and lonely to feel that way or experience those things.
Not too long ago, I went to therapy because I was feeling this way, too. I couldn't get out of bed, I couldn't get moving, and, when I finally did, I always felt like everything was just grey and heavy. It was such a weird feeling. And the panic attacks came more and more frequently. It was awful. I started therapy to help process what was going on in my head. The loneliness of the pandemic meant that I could not process anything and I didn't want to be a burden on my friends (which of course was not a thing at all!). I knew that if I didn't seek help, something bad would have happened. I am so thankful for the support of my family, friends, and colleagues to feel comfortable enough to seek help. We know that not everyone has that same support system and that really makes us very sad.
We are not mental health experts by any stretch of the imagination, but we have experienced it first hand. We have experienced anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and even to the point of Kathy being diagnosed with Functional Neurological Disorder (FND). Less than stellar mental health has unfortunately rooted itself in our family and we have had to work quite hard to overcome it. I think we can say that have been winning more battles than we're losing, but the war continues to rage (and I use that metaphor very deliberately). We as a family know how easy it is to fall back down that path.
So, today we want to say a few really important things and I really want you to slowly and intentionally read what we are about to say:
We love you!
You deserve health and happiness!
You are not a burden!
Seek help if you need it and do not be afraid!
Like I said, we are not mental health experts. But, we make our aromatherapy products because they change lives. The lavender inhaler has been the only thing that gets me out of a panic attack, even prevents it when I feel it coming on. Lavender essential oil, in its many forms, has helped me destress and create an environment that allows for a healthier mental status.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Let's work together to reduce the stigma and make sure that people can get the help they need. Reach out to your friends and check in on them. If you need help, please contact your local support network or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for resources.
Together, we can save lives and make life better for everyone if we just learn to talk about mental health issues and how they impact all of us.
Stay well and see you soon!
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
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