Why You Need to Know That Mental Health Can Kill Any of Us

(And Why We Have to Talk About It Now)

Katy-Rose, MSc
Feb 25 · 11 min read
Photo by Nong Vang on Unsplash

TRIGGER WARNING: mental health, suicide, NHS, depression, austerity.

“How can I separate me from the remedy?
I can’t be sure, be sure — Am I the curse or the cure?”

— Curse or Cure, Icon For Hire —

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

“Died by Suicide”

“When I go I already know
My life will only be a story
All that I’ve been, all that I’ve built
All fades away inside a moment”

— Only Be A Story, Icon for Hire —

Photo by Tj Holowaychuk on Unsplash

Still, once I began the article, I couldn’t stop.

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Think about it: What feelings arise when we see that something horrible is happening everywhere?

Then I saw a phrase at the end of the article which made my blood boil.

Some people might tut or shake their head, may feel sympathy or empathy.

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I assume most of you reading this have experienced low mood or grief in some form.

It’s an overpowering, exhausting experience.

“Wondering if this is as good as it gets
Am I always gonna just be, just be getting by
Telling myself it’s alright?
Does it matter how hard I try?
Am I always gonna just be, just be background sad”

— Background Sad, Icon For Hire —

I’m familiar with this restless anger.

“I tell myself
Keep breathing, don’t lose focus
I’m alive, I’m not a diagnosis.”

— Brittle, Icon for Hire —

It paralyses me as my body floods with furious energy.

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“They always come for the wild ones,
They always come for the freaks.
I don’t fit quite like they like it and now they’ve come for me.”

— Last One Standing, Icon for Hire —

I am bloody lucky I never lost hope that things would improve.

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Those negative thoughts don’t make you broken. They mean you are human.

“I make friends with all my demons
They depend on me to feed them
They follow me around”
— Enemies, Icon for Hire —

Humans are Made to Feel

“I know my life is better when I work from the assumption that everyone is doing the best they can.” — Brené Brown, Dare to Lead.

I am asking you to take that quote with you.

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It’s also why we need to talk about all of it.

Because without change, there IS no hope.

Hell, there’s no fury like me
Don’t mess with her majesty
Well-behaved women rarely make
An empire

— Sticks and Stones, Icon For Hire —

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