Holding Space for Mental Health

By Lady B

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One topic we are holding space for on Lady Bluebottle is mental health. It is one of the most important and difficult topics to talk about, in conversation and in writing. If you would like to share your thoughts and experiences around mental health on our site visit our Submissions page. As always, anonymous submissions are accepted.
 
My (Lady B.’s) personal experience with mental health falls into two areas, namely anxiety and depression. As I’ve gotten older I finally, finally, have a handle on my depression. It does not consume me and run my life the way it has in the past. My depression journey is one of the most personal and private pieces of me. What better place to talk about it than Lady Bluebottle, right?
 
Anxiety is still something I struggle with every day. In some ways I’m just coming to terms with how much influence it currently has, and has had, over my life. From being nervous to fly to making phone calls to wondering if my headache is more than just a headache, anxiety creeps into my every day life. I plan to talk about my experiences with both anxiety and depression in future posts.
 
Consider the conversation around mental health officially open on Lady Bluebottle. We are all in this life together and it is not easy. Let’s hold space for our own struggles and the challenges that others face, especially the ones we can’t see.
 
Links to your posts or resources on mental health are always welcome in the comments.
 

5 Comments

  1. Monique on 01/02/2018 at 8:30 AM

    Lovely welcoming approach and post. Can’t wait to collaborate with you, thinking of ideas for now 🙂 I just posted a guide behind New Year’s resolutions and improving mental health if you’d like to read! Over at http://www.rentingtherain.com/new-year-mental-health 🙂 looking forward to more from Lady B

    • Lady B on 01/02/2018 at 7:32 PM

      This is fabulous! Thanks for sharing with us Monique! We’ll be sure to share it on Twitter.

  2. Katy Mackenzie on 01/09/2018 at 10:55 PM

    I love this! You are so strong and it’s nice to see people letting themselves be heard in this world! Keep going!

    • Lady B on 01/10/2018 at 11:35 PM

      Thanks Katy! I hope this space become a place where others can share their stories and be heard, especially around topics like mental illness.

  3. Jessica Elliott on 02/03/2018 at 4:35 PM

    Ahh the dreaded phone calls. My anxiety is awful at times, leaving me frozen & unable to make these stupid calls. Sounds so silly trying to explain it to others.

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