As I just turned 40 and those close to me are soon to follow suit has saying 'things are fine' as I questioned my life during this milestone stopped me writing in case the truth comes out or is it a case of another year where I sometimes just wasn't well enough to write or press 'publish'?
Fiona Art Fighting the Stigma Blog: Are we really creating awareness if we just say 'Yes, I'm fine'?'
because the moon and the stars are having a tea party with dolphins, but a realisation just had me almost tearing up.
Intellectually I know it's ok to be sad and it's healthy to experience a whole host of emotions, but in a society that is choc-a-bloc of encouraged positivity I can attest as a person with depression it's difficult not to feel guilty or a failure that you can't force that positivity into your visible (and hidden) persona.
However it is the same society that as attitudes around mental ill health start to change is also ok for a person (with lots of supportive family and friends) to go through a mental health crisis(breakdown/psychosis/panic attack/severe depressive episode etc) as long as it doesn't last too long and you make sure you are positive and recovered with amazing insights to share straight after.
Hmm, just a teeny weeny bit of cynicism there for free but at least I wrote something! Nanoo Nanoo!