Mental health is a serious issue in Australia. Our resources are stretched and we hear lots of stories in the media about the state of Australia’s mental health. So stories like this, where women are upfront and honest about their disorders are refreshing, especially when they have an outcome like this.

Here is an anonymous, real Mum story about mental health:

“Well that’s my life. I am married to my sweetheart and I have a 8 month old baby girl…She is beautiful and I love my life – but it doesn’t come without it’s consequences.

I have various Mental Illnesses including anxiety, Social and general, Depression and Borderline personality disorder which is not that well known by many people in our society. I have a disorder that makes it hard to regulate my moods and thought patterns, I can’t see what’s real and what isn’t. I also have a pattern on black and white thinking- I feel things in such a huge way that it impacts my daily life.

I have anger issues, though I am happily married and WE are happy. Let me tell you it DOES strain my relationship…luckily I have an amazing supportive husband to help me through it.

We live in a rural town and getting proper help has been hard. I have just now been put on the proper medication. I have had 2 psychologist let me down, however I didn’t let that fool me into thinking it was all over.

All of my life I have had bad thoughts and even acted upon them, my home life wasn’t great. I was abused but I am thankful to be out and have a better life now with people who love me.

My anxiety is a constant struggle – sometimes I can’t even go into the shopping centre. The self hate and guilt that follows afterwards is immense. I feel horrible for not being able to greet the employees at my local store. I fear that they will think I am rude, when really I have an internal struggle going on.

My depression has also taken a toll on my loved ones and I. There are days that I cannot even look after my own baby. That is something that brings a lot of guilt. There are also times that I didn’t want to be here.

But that was the illness talking – NOT me.

I usually love my life…I mean I am married to my best friend and what you may call my soul mate. We have amazing, unbelievable chemistry. You would walk into a room and just feel it. You just know that we were meant to be somehow, we are connected in a way that I didn’t think was possible.

I am here to tell you, regardless of the big black cloud hanging over your head that is mental illnesses. YOU CAN fight it. With love and determination and proper help, you can see the light. You just have to fight the urge to give up.

Hold onto any hope you have and maintain that drive and will to succeed because I guarantee you , that you will not regret holding on. Life is hard and we all know it…some struggle more than others and that is truly saddening.

Please if you are reading this, no matter what your struggles are, please hold on…someone will be there for you. I love you. You are worthy and deserving. You ARE beautiful.

 

If you or anyone you know is suffering from mental illness there is help available:

Lifeline 13 11 14

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467

Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800

MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78

Family Drug Support 1300 368 186

  • Thanks for posting the list of help lines, no one should feel embarrassed or ashamed to ask for help

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  • I can relate to this story as I was abused as a child and have always suffered anxiety, depression and panic attacks. This has impacted in so many ways. I have been bullied as others see me as weak. I have been prejudged and treated as if I am not worthwhile. Its tough but I try to do the very best I can and reach out to others in the same situation. Kindness and respect goes a long way with those suffering mental health issues.

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  • Even with the increased awareness of mental health in society there is still so much stigmatism attached

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  • Mental health is difficult enough without the added pressure of “mum”. Glad she has opened up to hopefully support others get support.

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  • There isnt enough awareness round mental health.

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  • Such an emotional yet powerful read. Mental health affects so many people yet doesn’t really seem to be given much of a priority by our politicians

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  • Oh wow, this poor woman. I think a lot if us can relate to how she feels, mental health issues touch most of us throughout our lives. Must be even harder living in a small town with limited resources

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  • Our hormones aren’t very kind to us and trying to manage with sleep degragation often makes the depression even worse. Mums have to try to gradually adjust to a whole new way of life.

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  • “Life is hard and we all know it”
    Thank you for this article. Its showing that everyone can strangle and should know how and when ask for help. Thank you

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