Getting help isn’t a sign of failure, it’s quite the opposite.
Life can be overwhelming. Hell, even scrolling through our timelines can be overwhelming (climate grief anyone?). Sometimes daily gratitude lists, personal development tasks and that Spin class you really love when it’s over just don’t cut it.
We can’t always let faith and process be the bridge we use to overcome our darkest thoughts. And that’s okay.
On R U OK? Day and every day in between, it’s important to remember the strength which lies in seeking and accepting help.
Strength isn’t always cool composure and a stiff demeanour. Failure isn’t defined by self-esteem and the number of times life knocked you down. Being tired does not mean you are lazy.
Whether we’re currently doing okay or not, the below quotes on the importance of self care are definitely worth a read.
“My brain and my heart are really important to me, I don’t know why I wouldn’t seek help to have those things be as healthy as my teeth. I go to the dentist. So why wouldn’t I go to a shrink?”
— Kerry Washington
“I have never been remotely ashamed of having been depressed. Never. What’s there to be ashamed of? I went through a really tough time and I am quite proud that I got out of that.”
“We shouldn’t treat mental health conditions any differently. Instead, we should make it clear that getting help isn’t a sign of weakness — it’s a sign of strength — and we should ensure that people can get the treatment they need.”
– Michelle Obama
“It’s ok not to be. Well done for just getting through the damn day. Nothing wrong or embarrassing about getting help either.”
“For me to crawl out of that and to accomplish what I’ve accomplished with the show and with my brand and with my production company, and to succeed after all that … [It] makes me realise that no matter how dark something gets, and no matter how bad something gets, that there’s always a possibility of good coming from it.”
“But going through my all-time low, you know, kind of seeing where I was and then seeing what I have now, I’m so thankful for my family and friends around me who were able to help me and were able to communicate with me.”