Tell Your Story. Save Your Mind!
Did you know that there is a very fast and effective way to help others recover from mental illness without joining a helpline depression or running a support group? Relax, I'm not trying to sell you anything, your credit cards are safe.
One of the hardest things when going through a mental health challenge is asking for help, trust me, I know. But not because it is difficult to get help, but because most of the time we do not want to accept that we need it or we believe that we will be a burden to others. It's funny because I know that if a friend came to you, you wouldn't hesitate to help them, right? I know you wouldn't. However, that doesn't change that this is a tricky part of the weird and wonder of what makes us human, but don't allow that to stop you from seeking the help of others, as talking to others about our struggles is essential to the recovery process.
There are thousands of options, but not everyone is comfortable calling a depression helpline or attending a support group. When we seek help with anxiety, depression, loss, or a breakup, we try to reach out but do not want to leave our safe space. Sometimes all you need to do is tell your story.
Read the stories of others and let others know yours. Storytelling is a very effective and very much underrated method for recovery and therapy and the best part is that everyone can do it, it's free!
Storytelling As A Recovery Process
When we decide to open up about our mental health struggles, we encourage ourselves to work on them, and at the same time, we encourage others. You would be surprised how many people you know suffer from the same difficulties you do or another mental illness, and you didn't know it. Knowing that a coworker, a classmate, or a family member was diagnosed with a mental disorder and recovered, gives us a message that we too can heal.
A process: like the hardening of lava.
This is essentially how support groups work, surrounding yourself with people in a situation similar to yours, knowing their experiences, how they got through and how their stories can help you. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to these groups, or to a functional depression helpline in their country. Luckily for us, the internet exists. The good, charitable and supportive side of the internet. This is the largest support group that exists and you are already part of it, now you can decide to share your story so that everyone who needs it knows it and read the stories of others.
It's like the best deal there is. I give you understanding and support and you help me to recover with understanding and support in return? DEAL!
Benefits Of Telling Your Story
Understand that your story matters
As I said, our story can touch someone, and their stories can touch us. By recounting our experience, we learn that what we go through and live is not nonsense and that our effort and work to overcome it is remarkable.
It is part of the healing
Recovery must not remain an idea, it must become real and become actions. Talking to someone, be it a friend, a family member, a professional or a stranger on the internet, turns your words into statements. Telling your story can be the impetus you need to cope and get over it.
It helps you understand more about your condition
Most people who are diagnosed with schizophrenia will tell you that they never knew someone who had it. Mental illness will always be a totally new terrain for us so knowing what to do can be a very difficult task. By knowing the experiences of others with the same condition, we will learn more about it and ourselves, gaining tools to live with it. Your experience may be a guide for someone else's recovery.
You find support in others
A person seeking help with anxiety or depression or any other illness will always want support from their loved ones. But how can they know how to support us if they don't know what we're going through? When we tell our story, we will meet on the road people willing to give us their support and accompany us in the recovery. You build a community or become part of an existing one, but in the end, you will know that you are not and were never alone in this.
Externalization has always been vital in psychotherapy. Having the patient vocalize her feelings and emotions makes them understand and handle them better. The same goes for our stories. It is not until the moment we tell it that we get to see the full picture of it. It's like telling the story to yourself. Talking about your illness, condition or problems is always a step in the right direction to recovery.
A Light In The Dark
There is no right or wrong way to tell your mental health story. You are the author and only you know what happened and how to tell it. If you want some little tips, I would tell you, to be honest, focus on the positive and your achievements during your recovery and try to describe how you have felt at each stage.
Mindsmatter has always been a place to find that support, you who are reading this, you can share your story with us, as well as read the stories of other readers who have shared theirs.
Do not hesitate to contact us and become a support for others.
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