When you change "I" to "we", illness becomes wellness.
I was so blessed to have a whole bunch of people around me while I was struggling at the worst part of my depression. My family and my closest friends still are my support.
It's so difficult to know what to do when a friend is struggling with mental health. The best you can do is just BE there for them.
I have a friend who dragged me out of the house the morning after one of my worst episodes. She drove me to the park and walked with me. I didn't have the energy to speak the whole time, but she didn't mind, she just spoke to me and walked beside me and spent time with me. She is there. And that means the world.
Then there's this other person in my life who has seen me thrive and see me fall. He proposed to me on a not-so-good day. He chose to marry me, even after seeing how bad things can get. He's held my hand, wiped away my tears and supported me step after step, cheering me on when things are going good and encouraging me when things aren't. He is there. And that means the world.
I've said this before, but check on your friends - every one of them - your strong friends, your quiet friends, your successful friends, your happy friends. Check up on them and let them know that you're there for them.
If we all stand together and support one another we can swap illness for wellness ❤ 📷: @karyna.es @richardfischer.nz - 18 hours ago