Always, always, always ask people how they are doing even if they seem okay. Today the woman that runs my tute made the comment that she knows who I am because of my big smile. This week has been one of the hardest for me in a long time. I haven’t been feeling super up to stuff, then it started to get to the point where my mind was keeping me up at night. I didn’t go to my lecture for that tutorial today because I was just content to stay in bed. I am tired and I don’t really have any reason to be sad. I am having a great time here and making friends, but a lot of the time you don’t have a say on how you feel sometimes with depression just how you are going to deal with it. I know myself and I know how I’m feeling all because I went and talk to someone before. I am able to realize these things and I’m able to push myself out of these funks. What is really important are those people that haven’t realized why they have days like this or how to feel better. I did find it absolutely amazing though here in Australia that every single one of my professors and anyone that runs a tute started off the year by saying that if you have problems like anxiety, depression, etc. to talk to them and that they would be understanding. I was never comfortable telling my professors things like that in the states because it all seemed like they were just expecting me to use it as an excuse, which lead to a lot of times me making myself absolutely miserable to get a grade I’d be happy with. I am not at a point where this will affect my course work now, but I’m glad I know that I am working with such open minded and acceptable people at the uni. So, if you feel that someone around you might be struggling, ASK. If you don’t feel comfortable enough to ask, find someone that will, whether that’s a classmate, friend, professor, or professional. So many people just need to know how they are feeling is normal and that’s why I write things like this so maybe someone will feel a little better or realize they need to go talk to someone. One of my favorite messages that TWLOHA pumps out in their campaigns is that people need other people. People need to know that others care, that they notice them, that other people are going through the same things they are. So, reach out to the people around you, whether they are best friends or acquaintance and make them feel loved and needed.
If you are having problems and don’t feel like you have anyone to talk to, you can comment below and I’ll talk to you. If you feel that it is beyond that, then seek help. If you are a student, then most universities and schools can help you out for free, which is AMAZING. Take advantage of that even if you are just feeling blue. Remember, if things get too bad too quickly, you can always call a hotline.
United States: 1-800-273-8255
Australia:13 11 14
If you are some where else, the number for your country’s hotline is just a quick internet search away
There is no shame in taking care of yourself. Be proud of getting better.