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I am proof

I am proof

Guest Author: Heidi

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Hello my name is Heidi , and I am a mental health advocate.

I have dealt with mental health issues most of my life, starting as a teenager. Starting in my 20s and continuing to now (36) I have used a variety of supports, including medication and therapy.

I have a diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder, and have symptoms of anxiety and PTSD.

Unfortunately, those changes weren’t helping.

As 2017 started, I was heading into what was perhaps my most difficult time.

In February and January alone I went to my doctor five times trying to adjust my doses and adding in new meds. Unfortunately, those changes weren’t helping and by April I was very unwell. At this time, I went to the ER hoping to be admitted to the psych centre, which luckily I was.

We did a med changeover and after three weeks I was feeling better and was discharged. This year, in March 2019, I was again in a low place and was admitted for a week to do a medication adjustment. I’m not ashamed of spending time in psychiatric care and see it as a good thing. I now have the support of a case manager, therapist and psychiatrist and I am on a fancy cocktail of medications. These things are key in my recovery.

I’m not ashamed of spending time in psychiatric care.

After my first hospitalization I started an Instagram page as a way to express myself and I was lucky to be able to gain a following.

I now have over 2,500 followers, who are engaged and supportive. I share my story because I want others to realize that they are not alone. I want people to see themselves in the stories and projects I share. I have received many messages and comments from individuals saying; “I thought I was the only one.” I believe the more open and honest we are about our struggles, the less stigmas will hold power over mental health. I believe each time we share our story there is the potential to reach a new person who was afraid to begin their healing journey, but may now make the choice to reach out.

That is why I do what I do.

Trust me when I say wellness is possible.

You can find me as @mentalhealthyxe if you’d like to follow along.

I am living proof that you can be at the lowest of places mentally and still survive and continue to thrive. I am proof that with proper support things get better. I am proof that it is okay to be open and honest about mental health.

I love who I am and I’m grateful for being here. Trust me when I say wellness is possible!

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Lori Clark
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Hi Heidi, thank you for this. I am the mother of an adult male who is suffering severely, and for the first time has opened up and asked for help … he has been put on the “waiting list” for help, even though he scares the hell out of me where he is in his head. Can you offer something to help me with helping him? I have pushed him to see the doctor and get help and he finally has and has been stopped cold. Anything you can share would be appreciated.

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