October 10, 2020
World Mental Health Day 2020
*content warning: self harm, suicide, mental illness*
“Omg I could die” or “kill me” when you get embarrassed
You have a bad day and you say that you’re “so depressed” or “wish you never had to wake up”
You see someone having mood swings and you joke that they are “so bipolar” or “manic” or even “crazy”
You’re girlfriend or boyfriend is acting out and you call them “psycho”
And your words have meaning. Meaning that you don’t understand.
Have you ever been so manic that you spent your entire families life savings on a weekend out?
Or drank a 26 a day, every day, even though you’re normally sober?
Have you ever been so manic that you’ve cheated on someone you love?
But over and over
Have you ever become so unreliable because of mania that for the rest of your life, everyone around you expects you to screw up?
Have you ever had the cops come to your door to do a wellness check? Because the people around you start to worry?
Have you ever had to lose your rights to the hospital and doctors who deem you a threat to yourself?
Have you ever not trusted your own mind?
And have you ever woke up, felt like you were coming out of a bad dream, seeing your pile of mistakes for the first time?
Crashing into the darkest phase of your life.
Where you stay
You stay in bed
You stay asleep
You scream in pain
You bang your own head against the wall begging for your mind to stop
Have you ever craved the feeling of self harm because it’s the only thing that stops the pain in your mind, briefly? So you cut, stab, poke, prick, burn….just for a moment of relief
Have you ever wanted to kill yourself?
For real. But
Your blade too dull to cut deep enough
Your pills and booze not quite enough to kill you
Your plans foiled by a friend
Filled with anger that you failed. Filled with anger that they called 911. Filled with anger that you can’t even kill your self right.
Have you ever lived this existence?
Have you ever been shuffled from one doctor to the next.
Trial and error.
Like an experiment.
Have you ever stated meds that make you puke?
Give you migraines
Make you gain tons of weight
Make you dizzy
Stop your ability to smile
So stop saying
“You’re so depressed”
“Omg I’m having a panic attack”
“Go take a chill pill”
“That you’re so bipolar”
Stop calling your friends
“Psycho or crazy”
Because this is the reality for millions.
Stop pretending you are apart of a group that you are lucky not to be included in.
– Koa hughes
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