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I'm new here and after having a bit of a read through some of the posts in different forums, I thought I would start by posting here.
I've recently been struggling quite a lot with my mental health and while I'm receiving support from health care professionals, what I feel like I don't have anyone in my life who understands what it's like. Sometimes I feel like I need to vent after seeing the professionals (which at times has recently been quite traumatic) but I don't know who to turn to. I'm hoping maybe I can find that here.
Hi Gem, welcome
I'm please you are getting professional help. A big plus there.
OK, imagine you are an astronaut. You go to space then return. You tell all your family and friends...how many would be able to relate to your story?. If anyone did they would be a rarity, maybe a pilot or parachutist with imagination and intense interest.
No different to mental illness, an illness you cannot see, hear, smell, touch or taste, just an account from you and sadly it isn't enough.
My guess... 80% don't get it at all, 10% try and have limited success, 5% have extreme empathy and can help (includes many professional medical people) and 5% have a mental illness. Not good odds to get help is it?
Hence this forum and why it's so successful. You're among your own.
You have options here. Keep reading and learning, use search bar and start your own anonymous thread in topics that concern you.
Here is a thread you can google that you might find interesting
Beyondblue topic they just won't understand, why?
I note you already have a couple threads , so after saying 'hello' I will go & read them. 😸
You are very welcome here, & as Tony says, you'll find people here who have a better than average chance of understanding.
Oh! 😸 & I see you are ahead of me! As I see above, you've replied to Tony faster than I can reply to you!
Hello Gem, it's good you've posted here on this site because sometimes the doctors do look at us wondering how we could possibly be feeling this way because the last time we saw them all we could do is boost about our situation and now suddenly it's the reverse.
We have all been through our own experiences, which we had hoped never happened, but we can't predict what's going to happen in the future, no matter how well it's currently going and to talk with people who have struggled themselves is definitely beneficial.
We are all in this together and want to share, help and support those who are having trouble understanding why.
Welcome to the Beyond Blue community. We are happy that you are here. Thank you for letting us know how you feel. It looks like you are going through a hard time.
Just know that you are so strong for getting through this year, especially with COVID.
Stay safe and i am always here to chat.
Thank you for responding. It is definitely nice to have found this community where everyone is so understanding and caring. It really does mean so much!
Thank you for your response.
I do feel like I'm going through quite a challenging time at the moment. I don't think I've struggled this much with my mental health before so it's all a little bit scary.
I really appreciate the connections I have already had with people here. It makes such a difference to feel heard and not judged.
I have a thread you might be interested in reading.