The Glass is Half-full 16.03.18, By Kian / by Kian West

We are all just a bunch of chemicals trying to balance. 
This is what I was thinking yesterday when I collected a fresh prescription from the pharmacy. 
Positive mental health has been a big part of my life for the past couple of years.
Work for me, it has a big connection to my own personal self-worth and when things fell apart in what I thought was a dream job I didn't quite know what to do. 
Fortunately, I had people around me that could recognise the struggle and I put a plan in place. 

Today happens to be the National Day of action against Bullying.
Luckily for me, my own struggles weren't a result of bullying, while I've had my fair share. 
It's a great time to remind us all that someone else might be dealing with their own troubles that you can't see on the surface. 

photo courtesy of  Matthew Waddingham Photography

I have definitely failed others while I've been on my own mental-health journey and I've super conscious of this. It's hard work and I have so much respect for the people that help others in this space, knowing how hard it must be to listen to some very tough stories and knowing that some people might be hard to save. 
We are all fighting our own battles. 
Sometimes the ones fighting the hardest hide it the best. 
One thing I try really hard to do in balance with all this is to be thankful, to acknowledge others that have helped me or are just doing great stuff in the community or beyond.

I don't want to become the face of anxiety. I don't want that for anyone. 
The glass might not seem so half-full at this point, but quite the opposite for me, if anything it feels so much closer to full by being open about these kinds of things. I mentioned it to a friend a couple of weeks ago and she was visibly taken aback by the thought I wasn't necessarily as happy as my persona let on. It really highlighted how important it is to be open about mental health and to challenge expectations with regards to this because my theory is that it creates a more connected community around you that feel equally comfortable coming to you when they aren't well. I'm the first to admit I am not the right person to solve this and I'm a huge advocate of counselling services to help you explore and solve what is really going wrong. 

The point this week is this, don't be afraid to show a little bit more of your emotions and really connect with those around you. You never know when acknowledging your own weaknesses might be able to help someone else to get through their own struggles. None of us a perfect, while sometimes we might think we are, so just keep doing you and try to be helpful to those around you, much love and happiness. 

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