Friday, 21 July 2017

Mental Health

Mental Health

On the 20th July 2017 Chester Bennington unfortunately passed away after a long struggle with mental health issues, issues myself and I'm sure a lot of other didn't know he was struggling with.

Following the saddening news that left fans across the world in disbelief, the messages I was hoping not to see began popping up. "Suicide is the weak way out" one would say or "he's selfish" or even "This isn't sad, he chose this". A lot of the comments left on tributes all over the internet left me heartbroken. Yes heartbroken for the loss of one of the greatest musicians to ever grace the earth with his lovely voice, but heartbroken at the way people still view mental health issues. 

I can't even begin to understand how someone can see mental illness as a weakness, how suicide can be seen as an easy way out. 

The human race never fails to disappoint.  

It's so common, it could be anyone. The trouble is, nobody wants to talk about it. And that makes everything worse - Ruby Wax

The reality of having a mental illness is popping endless pills that probably won't make you feel better, probably won't end the pain. It's sitting in a dark room wanting to be alone, not wanting to see or speak to anyone. It's not washing your hair for days, weeks, maybe even months because what's the point? It's feeling worthless and like the walls are closing in, and nothing you do helps. 

For those of you that truly believe that someone suffering with a mental health related problem is worthless and weak leave a comment below, I beg of thee, but also take a moment to think about the following. Imagine feeling worthless, like you're a burden to those you love the most. Imagine feeling like the whole world is against you and nothing you do helps you to feel better, nothing you do helps you out of the dark place you're trapped in. When you're in this mind frame you aren't thinking or acting like a rationale  human being, you won't think about those who love you and how much it will hurt them, all you can think about is ending the pain no matter what the cost. 

Mental health is SO important.

Suicide is not weak and certainly is not selfish.
 R.I.P. Chester Bennington

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