World Mental Health Day

Hello! Welcome Back! As you can tell by the title of this blog post, today is World Mental Health. Mental health is something really important to me considering I have been affected by it, predominately in the last three years. I think it’s so important to have an open and honest conversation about mental health, because that’s the only way we are going to get rid of the stigma around it. Today, I want to tell you about my experience with mental health (specifically anxiety and depression.) I will also link some of my other posts where I speak about mental health. The biggest thing I want all my readers to get out of today’s post is that, you are strong and you are not alone.

So in case I have any new readers, my name is Michelle and I’m your typical 24 year old. I grew up very privileged in the fact that my parents did a lot for me (they still do.) I was very sheltered and I didn’t really have to “want” for much. I’m not saying they bought me Gucci bags every year, they definitely did not. However, they paid for my college education, bought me my first car and up until about two months ago still paid for my car insurance and phone bill. If you look at my life from the outside, I have no reason to be struck with anxiety and worry about everything. I have no reason to be sad, and not be able to explain why I’m sad.  I have great friends, I have a college education, I have my health, I can afford to buy a 5 dollar starbucks whenever my heart desires, those things all add up to having a good life. I’ve spoken in other posts about how this caused me to feel guilty about my mental health for the better part of a year and a half. Unfortunately depression doesn’t discriminate, it doesn’t care how “good” your life is, it’ll still come in and turn your world upside down.

My depression really started to set in, my senior year of college. I was terrified that entire year because I knew change was coming and I couldn’t stop it. I’m terrible with change, it’s scary and my little bubble isn’t. I had almost crippling anxiety any time I had to apply for a job in my major, which was a big red flag to me. However, I just swept it under the rug because I was SO close to finishing. To add to the fear of graduating college, I was also at the beginnings of a crumbling friendship. I wrote an entire post on my experience with a toxic friendship, you can check it out here.

Obviously, life didn’t slow down one bit and neither did the depression. The transition into post grad life was really tough for me. It sort of just hit me in the face and I found that really hard to deal with. I felt like I didn’t have a purpose I just left the only thing I knew, which was being a student and I didn’t know where to go from there. My entire life, getting to my college graduation was the goal and, everything was planned out for me because I had specific courses that led me to that. Now I’d gotten there and I didn’t have a plan of where to go next which for me was debilitating because I thrive off of having things planned out.

As time went on the depression just kept getting worse, I kept trying to get better on my own but it wasn’t working. It had gotten to the point where I was “suicidal.” I put quotes around suicidal because for me personally it was never that I wanted to take my own life, I didn’t. What I wanted was to stop feeling as crappy as I was feeling and that seemed like the only way to do so. This grey area of being suicidal went on for about 6 more months, then I decided I needed help. I couldn’t do this on my own anymore, I couldn’t keep putting a burden on my friends and then doing nothing about it. My best friend, Lindsay told me we would call my doctor together and schedule an appointment. Of course anxiety came into play and I told her I wasn’t ready. Being the good friend that she is, she just said okay and didn’t push me. Then this surge of confidence came over me and I made the appointment, kind of feel like I blacked out while making it but that’s okay it was made.

In February 2018, I went on a low dosage of Sertraline, which is the generic version of Zoloft. For me, this was the best decision I’ve ever made and without getting to sappy I’m so thankful and proud of myself for making that appointment. Now, current day I have been on my medication for almost 9 months and I feel the happiest I’ve ever been. There are certain family situations that still really affect me mentally, but they are going to always affect me. In every other aspect of my life, I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. If you are struggling with any type of mental illness, please do yourself a favor and talk to your doctor. Find what solution works best for you, you deserve to live a happy and healthy life. Personally, I think mental health is just if not more important than physical health. You can be in the best shape of your life, but if something is off balance in your mind it’s going to affect everything else.

I wouldn’t feel right putting up this post without giving a shout out to some of the people who have helped me every step of the way. My three best friends ( Keira, Lindsay and Megan) whether we are living together or across the country from one another, they have been there for me at the drop of a hat. All I have to do is call or text and they give me their full attention and support. They help me sort out whats going on in my mind because, sometimes I think they know me better than I know myself. They make me feel justified in my feelings, and cheer me on in every avenue of life. These three have known me before and after mental illness came into play, and their love for me hasn’t changed. I really hit the jackpot when it comes to friends. I couldn’t be more thankful for people who understand me and even have degree’s in these type of things.  Also little shout out to my beautiful niece Reia who has been one of the biggest reasons I am the happiest I’ve ever been. Babies are really great man.

My twitter friends, the internet has given me access to some other amazing people. These are girls who have never met me, who live in different countries than I do, who have different walks of life than I do yet they care for me as though they’ve known me my whole life. I appreciate them allowing me the space to let out my feelings and supporting me in my journey. Again, I got really lucky with the friends God has put in my life.

To any of my readers struggling, please know you are not alone. If all you did today was get up and have a glass of water, that is enough. YOU ARE ENOUGH. I’m proud of each of you for fighting every single day, I know that’s not easy. You’re doing a great job, and things will get better. If you feel like you need a little more help in feeling understood, below will be some of my favorite posts that I’ve written around my mental health. If anyone ever needs someone to talk to just send me a message, here are all the places you can reach me.

I hope this post helped you feel at least a little less alone, because I know how lonely mental illness can be. I by no means have all the answers for mental health, it’s something I have to fight through everyday myself. The best way to keep moving forward is to have open conversations about mental health. You wouldn’t judge someone for having IBS or Diabetes, so why judge someone with a mental illness? This is a judgement free zone, so feel free to leave me a comment down below! I’m sending each of you all my love for a happy and healthy life. Thanks for stopping by, until next time..

Be Nice. Be Good.

Mich. x



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Hi! I’m Mich. I’m a 26 year old young woman trying to navigate adulthood and all the challenges it brings. On Simply Michelle you will find genuine posts about a wide range of topics from mental health & faith to makeup & baking. This is my safe place to be vulnerable and hopefully you'll feel that you can do the same. I hope you stick around!

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  1. Its my crazy beautiful life says:

    This is such an amazing post! Thank you for sharing your story and staying strong! I am in the same journey and so glad it’s getting noticed today! Stay strong!

    1. thank you so much! wishing you the best on your own journey 💓

  2. Im glad someone wroteabout this today. A job well done.u

    1. thank you so much!

  3. Beautifully honest! Thank you for sharing x

    1. thank you, glad you enjoyed x

  4. Love the honesty and i think this really highlights the fact that anyone can suffer mental health problems no matter their situation x

    1. thank you! absolutely, mental illness can affect everyone x

  5. Such a heartwarming post! I’m glad you chose to seek help and are now doing a lot better. I sought help myself and am so relieved I did. I appreciate you sharing your story, very brave and honest. Thanks for sharing x

    1. thank you! i’m glad getting help also helped you, wishing you the best of luck in the rest of your journey xx

  6. Nati Creates says:

    Thank you for such a wonderfully honest and important post – it’s so lovely to read posts by people who just get it.

    Nati x |

    1. what a lovely thing to say, thank you so much xx

  7. Thank you so much for being so open and honest in this post. Breaking the stigma and openly talking about mental health is so important and each and everytime I hear someone open up about it, I feel that little bit less alone.

    Alys /

    1. absolutely not alone at all! things are getting better with breaking the stigma but we still have work to do xx

  8. World Mental Health day is so important and I love how you’ve been so open and honest. Such a beautifully written post.

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

    1. thank you so much amie x

  9. Such an inspiring post! Thanks for sharing 😊

    1. thank you xxx

  10. Batool says:

    This was such a great and inspiring post! I love how your open and brave to share with us your story!

    1. thank you! i’ll always do whatever i can to make even just one person feel like they aren’t alone xx

  11. This is such an amazing and open post – you’re great, lovely. Thank you for being so inspiring and brave. x

    1. this is such a nice thing to say, thank you so much xx

  12. Michelle I appreciate you pouring your heart out and sharing your story with us. Posts like these make us all feel united and provide a strong understanding and tolerance for mental health issues. Well done and congratulations on your progress ❤️

    Natonya |

    1. this made me a bit emotional if i’m honest, thank you natonya truly means so much to me xx

  13. loved your post and will share it to my Facebook page Is Your Health You Wealth? (I have page and group).

    1. thank you so much! xx

  14. I admire you for being brave and sharing your personal experiences with the world. There are so many people who suffer from this issue and I’m sure they need to know that there is someone out there that they can relate to. I am happy things are getting better for you.

    1. thank you, i always try to do my best at making sure anyone suffering knows they aren’t alone xx

  15. I think the point you make about seeking help and being open to sharing how you are feeling is so important. Too many people shut themselves away and just hope it will all get better by itself. I think as more people talk about mental health, it will encourage others and help them to realise they are not alone. Thank you for sharing.

    1. thank you, i completely agree getting help was the best thing I ever did for myself. People have to do it at their own pace but it’s so important to talk to someone about it xx

  16. My upbringing and the way my parents were sounds eerily similar to yours. Yet I was struck down with a mental illness which entirely changed (and ruined) my life as well so it really does show that it doesn’t discriminate and literally anyone can be affected. Very brave of you for sharing your story and the more we all share, the better! 🙂 xxx

    1. thank you! i think sometimes people who do suffer can understand the importance of kindness because they understand that mental illness can affect anyone xx

  17. hudapervez says:

    Thank you for sharing your experience! It true- we never think that people who have it all would have anxiety or depression but it is just like any other disease that can happen

    1. sometimes the happiest looking people are battling the darkest demons, it’s why kindness is so important x

  18. Lisa's Notebook says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. Your point about mental illness not discriminating is such a good one. Thankfully I’ve never suffered from severe depression but I have friends who have and still do. The more this subject is talked about, the less of a stigma there will be. Thank you again xx

    Lisa |

    1. thank you what a lovely comment xx I agree that we need to continue the conversation to get rid of the stigma

  19. Well done for sharing your story. I think it is great that you decided to seek help. I went through a similar process this year, I finally confronted my anxiety and started finding solutions that helped me. Mental health is definitely something that needs to be talked about more. I’m glad to hear that your medication is helping!

    Eve x

    1. thank you! it can be scary finding help but so beneficial x

  20. Thank you so much for sharing your story Mich. I 100% agree with your point, depression doesn’t discriminate. I suffered with depression badly a few years ago and on the outside it looked like I had a pretty good life (I had recently graduated and found a decent job) but I wasn’t able to cope mentally and I felt awful when I had to leave. I think it is so important that people share their stories to comfort and reassure others that they are not alone in this. Well done and thank you for being so open, honest and brave <3 xx

    Bexa |

    1. thank you bexa! the more we open up the channels of dialogue about mental health the more progress we will make xx

  21. This post is amazing! It’s so brave to talk so openly about stuff like this online. I really appreciate your honesty here. I’m really glad you got that strike of bravery and got the help you needed. Uni was a rough time for me mentally too but stuck it out even though I was miserable there. It’s crazy the amount of pressure we put on ourselves! This was such a great post for world mental health day x


    1. thank you so much, and it’s true we really are so hard on ourself for such silly reasons xx

  22. So brave that you can share your story and be so open. I loved this post, I’m so glad you have really good friends that encouraged you to get help, having support is one of the best things, it certainly helped me, if I didn’t have someone I felt I could talk to about it I don’t know how I would have got to where I am today. I totally relate to you feeling like you had no purpose after collage, I was the same, I finished uni and whilst there my goal was to complete it and then I did and I was like, ‘now what?’ It’s a difficult place to be in I think, we’re in education pretty much all our life up until our 20s and then you’re suddenly out of it and you have to do things on your own and it’s so hard. Thank you for sharing your story!

    Chloe xx

    1. couldn’t agree more, even years later i’m still a little bit like “now what???”

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