When I started to become unwell with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder I spent a lot of energy trying to hide it and I didn’t speak to anyone about it for at least a couple of years. I didn’t know what was wrong so didn’t know to get help.
It was only when I realised that someone else had seen the problem that I knew I had to get help and I started to speak to people about it, I phoned a few close friends and their reactions were brilliant, really supportive.
While I was trying to hide my difficulties I reached a point where I really couldn't function. If it hadn't been for someone else recognising that something was wrong and raising the issue I don't know what would have happened. The support and help probably saved my bacon.
Education to make the public aware is vital. The more people understand about mental health, the more likely they are to be helpful.
I got a good reaction, but more people need that.
If you think someone is unwell or struggling, just ask them straight out. Try to do it gently but if you think someone is unwell ask if they are okay and see if you can help.
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