This is a re-make (yet to colour it) of my a picture I drew for World Mental Health Day several years ago, representing the One in Four mental health statistic: 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year. *
I would like to repeat what I posted in my original post back then: <b>If you do not suffer from a mental health issue yourself, chances are you know someone who does, or someone who has done - it can happen to anyone.
So, I just wanted to say to everyone out there fighting everyday - <b>you're not alone. </b>
If you're having a hard time right now, please, please, reach out & talk to someone. You'd be surprised how many people will understand or even tell you their own experiences - and it will get better.
(And if, on the chance you do unfortunately get someone who doesn't understand or responds badly, try someone else. Heck message me.)
Please take good care of your mind! <3
On a personal note, since posting the original image back in 2012 when I was suffering from Anxiety & Depression
- I have had people reach out to me because of that image, which has encouraged me to be more open about my mental health online. You can read some of my autobio comics here where I often post about mental health & chronic illness (I did not have Fibromyalgia in 2012!): https://monstermovie.tumblr.com/ I know I need to update more often ^^''
- I did have a number of anxiety & depression free years between then & now - that was nice! : )
- Unfortunately the depression did return last year, & I have since been diagnosed with Recurrent Depressive Disorder (& have another possible diagnosis pending.) However I am more optimistic now I know what I am dealing with a bit better!
- Thankfully none of the anxiety disorders I had when I was younger have resurfaced, but I am always willing to talk about them with others.
(I wanted to post this yesterday, on the day, but I was actually ill for a different reason & not up for using the computer, so was having an appropriate self-care day instead!)
| Fineliners + Photoshop
*The1 in 4 statistic
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