Understand Us, the mental health initiative has started a campaign trend called Share Your Recipe as well as Vulnerable Is Beautiful. Ending the stigma against mental health is life changing, literally. After spending almost 27 years of my life with undiagnosed depression and anxiety, the battle wasn’t always easy, but I was always learning and sometimes barely surviving. Here’s my vulnerability.. I mean recipe.
As I sit here contemplating where the beginning of my journey really began, I start to realize how much help I really needed and how far I’ve come.
At this point in my life I’d suffered from chronic migraines, so going to the doctor was a monthly occurrence for me. But one Thursday morning doctors visit would change the course of my life forever. My dad, my doctor Didi and I became really close over the prior two years. So my dad sitting in on all my appointments was totally normal, and almost expected every time I went. When the nurse called out “Wilhelmina” I began to replay my migraines that week preparing myself for the questions Didi would ask. But as I began to sit down to update Didi, he stopped me, asking my dad to go for a walk around the mall. A thousand thoughts crossed
For the last 2 years I have been confronted with a question that I have never had a clear answer to. The question is “Why”? Although this confronts me everyday I have underestimated the power in it. I have realized that sometimes your body will put things in motion before your brain will even process the “why”. Or maybe the answers are not always the prettiest ones. Maybe it is because I never took the time to truly admit the “why”, or maybe there are so many reasons that I struggle to find the one deserving of a definitive answer.
The question is; why did I start a Mental Health foundation?…
Mental illness is stigmatic to most, due to the misunderstanding involved in it. I am one of many who wish to offer people a different understanding. My name is Samantha and I suffer from clinical depression. I say ‘suffer’ because that is truly what mental illness causes: a daily struggle. Some days are better than others, in fact some days are wonderful; full of life and joy….
In the first edition of the UnderstandUs sessions, Independent filmmaker Elise Lussier explores the common reality of Mental Health barriers in society…
This is an amazing and inspiring take on the common issue of depression.