Eight years ago I had my first panic attack.
I can remember it like it was yesterday.
The inability to breath.
The feeling that I was going to be physically sick.
And the hot, uncontrollable, heavy tears – all while my mum remained on the phone with me trying to figure out what was going on.
At first I didn’t recognize any of the above symptoms or understand what was happening to me.
But after it happened repeatedly, again and again, I realized I needed to seek help.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and a light dosage of medication ultimately brought me on my path to successfully managing my issues with anxiety and depression.
I’ve never put those words to paper via the blog before but in an effort to continue the #realtalk discussions and remain transparent with you all, I finally felt comfortable and ready to share today, in support of Bell Let’s Talk Day.
Bell Let’s Talk is an initiative that encourages conversation around mental health to shut down stigmas and bring awareness to the growing number of people who deal with mental illness every single day.
The symptoms aren’t always visible, and because of common preconceptions around mental health, most people don’t feel comfortable in joining the conversation because admitting they were dealing with something you can’t physically see or touch, felt weak or false.
But Bell Let’s Talk is changing how we discuss mental health and for every applicable text, mobile and long distance call, tweet using the hashtag #BellLetsTalk, Bell Let’s Talk Day video view on social media, use of the Bell Let’s Talk Facebook frame or Snapchat filter, Bell will donate 5¢ to Canadian mental health initiatives.
So join the conversation.
I’m happy to have shared a little about my story and feel stronger in speaking these truths to this community.
The support you’ve shown me in the past couple months has been so incredible and I want you to know that if you are dealing with anything that you aren’t comfortable to share, remember you’re never alone and if you need to talk to a professional, you can get help here.