|My first day of school picture...the excitement |
was equally matched by fear and anxiety
Sometime around December, the superintendent of my district tasked the counselors with spearheading a Mental Health Awareness initiative in all of the schools for the month of February. The focus was on erasing stigma around mental health and educating students and staff on signs to look out for within themselves and those around them. Our main message was that stigma can only be addressed by allowing ourselves to talk about mental health. Yet, part way through the month I found myself overwhelmed by stress from my job, and feeling my own mental health faltering. And during a month spent on telling others to talk about it, I felt ashamed that I couldn't pull it together perform at unreasonable standards I had set for myself. When there is so much stigma surrounding mental health, mental illness, or really anything suggesting that we are less than perfect...I can't blame others for wanting to stay quiet. I guess I hope that my willingness to lay it all on the table will help others feel a little more comfortable.So, this is my attempt to talk about it again.
|One crazy adventure and more to come|