Today is World Mental Health Day. With more than 1 in 5 Australians experiencing a mental illness, this is day is close to many of our hearts. We reached out to our community and asked them to share ONE thing they would like to say to people going through a tough time.
Ebony– "I know that this feels like it’s never going to get better, that this is how your life will be forever. But trust me, give it time. With time, comes those small steps in recovery. All those small steps add up to bigger leaps. It will take time and effort and dedication, every day, you will need to choose recovery. But you’ll get there. It will happen. Don’t give up just yet. There are people out there willing to listen and help you, use them. Do what’s best for you. You’ve got this"
Rebecca – "I WOULD LOVE TO THANK MY VERY CLOSE SUPPORT PEOPLE
They have been brilliant and a very good person from butterfly foundation to whom I correspond with
If you are struggling please ask for help
Xxxxx bless you"
Nina– "You are worthy of being heard and your concern is valid"
Anonymous– "Everyone's unique, so be fair and taker small steps"
Anonymous– "Be gentle with yourself!"
Dani– "No matter how slow it may seem things are going, forward is forward"
Isabella– "Don't let fear stop you; be courageous. It's a decision that doesn't have to roar, but can just be the quiet voice at the end of the day that says "i will try again tomorrow". Be courageous and set yourself free to spread your wings in this magnificent world we live in"
Is there something you want people experiencing a mental illness to know? Please share it with us and the community, to be part of our stigma movement.
How to get involved:
Think of ONE thing you would like to say to someone going through a tough time.
Send this quote through with an image of yourself, your first name and your age to email@example.com
If you would prefer not to use an image or remain anonymous, you can still send through your quote and age.
We will upload these as they come through.
SHARE YOUR STORY
Share your personal experience with us to help break stigma - www.thebutterflyfoundation.org.au/share-your-story
HELP AND SUPPORT
If you, or anyone you know is experiencing an eating disorder or body image concerns, you can call the Butterfly Foundation National Helpline on 1800 33 4673 (ED HOPE) or email firstname.lastname@example.org or jump on our website to chat www.thebutterflyfoundation.org.au
The holiday period can be a tough time if you’re experiencing an eating disorder. Post-Christmas and New Years can be even more challenging. As you move past this holiday season, your inner critic may be louder than usual and expectations at an all-time high.
'My name is Giulia, I am 20 years old and have one year left of my Early Childhood Education and Care degree. I have suffered with anorexia nervosa for about five or six years. After listening to an episode of The Recovery Warrior Show podcast, and knowing firsthand how difficult it can be to communicate about an eating disorder with loved ones, I was inspired to create this list of ten things that I wish my family and friends understood about my eating disorder.'
The holiday season can be a time of love, and togetherness, but it can also be pretty stressful if you have an eating disorder. It can also be an opportunity to take the focus off your illness and enjoy yourself. To get through the holiday period, it’s useful to put in place some self-care strategies. Here’s some tips our Helpline counsellors have suggested: