...Please be there and help me feel that I am not alone in this. Your presence is all I ask for. Not your words, not anything else but your full presence-next to me, and that is enough. You don’t even need to give me any advice, because I won’t hear you.
Days later, I was okay but I was also NOT okay… The ups and downs continue and there are times like these recent days, that I was not feeling okay... it can feel disappointing and frustrating, but I was also okay with that.
We all know mental illness is something no one wants to talk about due to shame, embarrassment and most of the time, a lack of knowledge. Therefore, I created this campaign using an elephant charmed necklace to symbolize this stigma.
I’ve always loved music and dancing since I was little. There’s something about the different types of harmony, fast or slow, and the words that can be very soothing. So, as you can only imagine, when I went through my dark days and years of depression and anxiety, music became a big part of my therapy.
And that’s why I read. Books help me see a different perspective and guide me in my own growth...mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Books to me are a combination of powerful, inspiring words that provide some truth...
I am nobody special. I am not a professional expert on mental illness. I am simply someone who has battled mental illness for years and years, and now wants to share her struggles and small milestones...
Link of Hearts is not solely for those battling with depression. It’s for anyone of you in need of inspiration, encouragement and words of comfort….and to help you understand that you are not alone in whatever it is you are going through.
Falling is part of life. It is when you get up that counts. I know getting up is easier said than done. It takes a lot of energy, willpower and a whole lot of faith. However, when you do get there, rising up is what matters most.
We all have a desire to connect with people. Deep inside, we all know that we have this yearning for human connection… to talk to and share ideas with, to have a sense of belonging.No matter how confident we may feel at times, we still aim for some kind of validation from another human being...
Support groups can be very powerful if you give it a chance. It’s simply not a group of "troubled people" venting out, as some may assume. It's an opportunity to be in a safe space where you can hear other people's stories and realize that you are not the only one going through challenges.
Everyone sells jewelry and I knew I would enjoy it, but there’s this lack of purpose I needed to figure out. Then it dawned on me…. the idea turned into a meaningful business concept that would provide support and encouragement to those suffering from depression.
"I have sent you my invitation, The note inscribed on the palm of my hand by the fire of living. Don’t jump up and shout, “Yes, this is what I want! Let’s do it!” Just stand up quietly and dance with me." -The Dance, Oriah Mountain Dreamer
I denied my own illness, amidst the acknowledgement of the 3 key people in my life then. I denied myself out of shame and embarrassment and never talked about it even with my very close family. I didn’t want to embarrass my family’s name...
I didn’t grasp my diagnosis, my so-called illness. I didn’t know what it was. I read books and did my research, but I could not connect all the information I was reading, with everything I was actually feeling inside. There was a missing piece, for years.