This is a big deal for me. This first blog will be short; but to me its HUGE. I’ve been battling a mental health illness and I feel it’s time to talk about it; but it’s not easy. Let me start by saying, today is the first day of my partial hospitalization mental health program. I have a long road ahead of me, which started years ago. I want to share it with you and possibly help anyone who has been battling a mental health illness with a stigma so big it often keeps our minds closed to the pain these illnesses cause.
Stay tuned if you would like. I will be posting often.
October 6, 2014 at 1:02 PM
Proud of you!!!
October 6, 2014 at 1:25 PM
You are very brave to share yourself in this forum in order to help others.
October 7, 2014 at 12:30 AM
I haven’t met you but I want to thank you for your courage and strength to share your story.
Mental health illness affects so many individuals and their loved ones.
My children and I have someone whom we love who struggles with it.
October 6, 2014 at 1:36 PM
I am always so impressed by those who are willing to help others to heal or realize they are never alone….I will try to follow your journey….Thank you.
October 6, 2014 at 1:55 PM
By doing this, you will help others, guaranteed ! You go girl!! LOVE the courage that you got!
October 6, 2014 at 3:24 PM
You know Adam and I are proud of you and will always love you and be there for you no matter what. This takes some GIGANTIC balls to do. We got your back Chickie!
October 6, 2014 at 4:18 PM
thank you for being so brave!
October 6, 2014 at 4:22 PM
Thank you for sharing your story. I look forward to following your recovery.
October 6, 2014 at 4:35 PM
Love you Nat!! You have always been an amazing and wonderful person! Know that you are loved by so many and let that help give you the strength on ypu r road to recovery! Xoxo
October 6, 2014 at 5:05 PM
You will help many ❤
October 6, 2014 at 6:54 PM
I admire your bravery, your leadership, your quest for self help and awareness. Breaking the stimga, breaking the silence, you are taking on a huge task and will continue to be cheering you on. I’m a text a phone call away if you ever need to chat. I am “10-5” on this journey alongside you…. You got this Sparky! Peace and Love. Carson 🙂 ❤
October 6, 2014 at 7:48 PM
Thanks for sharing! I will stay tuned. I am travelling the same road. We can and we will! 🙂
October 6, 2014 at 8:08 PM
I am super proud of you for doing this, you are way braver than you think. You are more than my best friend you are family. Thank you for giving so many of us a voice by putting words to the thoughts trapped in you head. I love you forever Kissy! Xoxoxo
October 6, 2014 at 9:01 PM
If only I could find the right words to express how incredibly brave I think you are. Any first responder is tops on my list for bravery – what they see and have to deal with each and every shift is one thing but to share your personal battles is an entirely different level of bravery. Hope sharing your journey here helps you in your healing process. I will be following and listening.
October 6, 2014 at 9:33 PM
Hugs Nat….great big warm hugs! We got your back!
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October 6, 2014 at 10:22 PM
I admire you Nat, not only do I hope that this helps you on your journey, but I know it will help others. We may not ever know when we make a difference in the lives of other people, but I do know that it takes incredible strength and courage to do what you are doing. Good for you Nat, you are truly an inspiration:)
October 7, 2014 at 12:05 PM
Congratulations on starting this blog Nat. I can only imagine the courage this has taken. You are fortunate to have the supportive community behind you but the inner strength required to get out there is all about you. I admire that!
October 7, 2014 at 2:02 PM
It takes a great amount of courage to get the help that you need. Congratulations on your journey to wellness. From the #we’vegotyourback friends.
October 7, 2014 at 2:07 PM
Correction on #tag #ivegotyourback911
October 7, 2014 at 4:30 PM
It takes courage to write it out. Good for you!!
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October 7, 2014 at 11:42 PM
I’m a Canadian Forces veteran who served in the Middle East. I am currently an officer with my local police department. I have been battling PTSD since 1988 and reached the bottom of my own personal hell in 2001 when I attempted to take my own life. Luckily I was not successful. That day screamed out to everyone, including myself, that I needed help and could no longer continue on a daily basis without some help. With a lot of hard work and the assistance of some great friends and professionals, I have progressed to the point where I can work and lead a relatively ‘normal’ life. I also act as a spokesman for Movember Canada and do speaking engagements to talk about my own struggles in the hopes that it helps someone else one day. I am proud of you…even though I have never met you. I know the courage it takes to not only acknowledge that you need help, but to share the story of your road to recovery. I wish you all the best with plenty of smiles and laughter along the way. You will succeed. You’ve taken the first step…and that is the hardest one.
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