Here's What Happens When You Share Your Mental Health Story | Soul Stories, Mental Health

– Most important thing
that I do to stay healthy is just being open and
honest with my story. I don't mean we have to enter the room and say, hey I'm depressed. What I do mean is that we all have friends and family members that
may have great empathy and we need to lean on those
people to hear our stories. – Everybody's going through something and there are a lot of people that are going through
the same thing as you and I feel like that depression,
that deep depression thing comes from thinking or believing
that there's no one else, when in reality there really, really is. – Two years ago I was
at lunch with a friend, one of the only friends that I felt like I could actually
reach out to and meet with and I said, I wanna start
talking to other people, but I don't really know what to do and she said well you make videos why don't you just make
a video talking about it and at first that felt really scary to me, but I thought about it more. I said, you know what why not. When I posted it I didn't, I mean so many people I hadn't
even heard from in years that reached out to me and said, hey I'm dealing with this too, I go see a therapist, or
I'm on this medication, or so many different things and I instantly just felt so much support. – Of course we have
medical professionals there that are waiting to help
us and we also have friends that we can lean on once we
start sharing our stories. Everybody else has a story to just through that exchange of information we learn a lot more about ourselves
and we're able to serve others in what they're going through too. – It was scary, it was really scary and I didn't know how I would be affected by those things coming out. I've become more comfortable
with sharing my traumas, because I've seen how
healing it has been for me. – It's important to have
people who accept you for no matter who you are and somebody you can always talk to whether it be 4:00 in the morning or like the afternoon, or
just someone you always have, like a support system. So I always have five people that if I'm starting to feel sad I can call or be like hey can you help me, or lets go on a hike,
or lets go do something. – And I felt like wow I'm really not alone and that's the biggest thing for me. I realize the longer I spent by myself and not around other
people the more I felt like I was the only
person experiencing this, which was so not the case. – I also have a 19 year old son and I don't want him to
face the same disadvantage that I did at that same age, where he doesn't have any place to go that he doesn't have anybody to talk to so I'm freely communicating with him to set an example that maybe
when he reaches that stage that he's confused about the feelings or the thoughts that he may have that he'll be open and honest. – There's so many other people out there that are going through similar things, if not the exact same thing. – Having people in you life
that you can communicate with and it doesn't have to be a lot of people, it could just be the one person, or two. You don't need a lot of people for that, for that emotional kind of fulfillment. – If your with yourself you can't really be like okay, I'm not
gonna make it through and no one's there to tell you, but if you see somebody else, it's like if they can do then I can do it, it's so important to
know you are not alone. There's so many people who talk, who don't talk about it
but have this problem. – Once you open up, they open up too, or they say, you know what, I
think I may have depression, or anxiety, or they
may confess to you too, that hey I'm being treated
for bipolar disorder too, and now we're members of the same tribe and having that conversation
and having that bond is in it's own way part of
the self healing process.


  1. I simplify borderline personality disorder by just saying "We feel things more strongly and we're very emotional." And the response is almost always: "I'm really emotional too!" I guess they're trying to make you feel less alien, but it has the opposite effect. Just solidifies the fact that they don't understand.

  2. Loved this video, thanks! I'm going to start vlogging about my bipolar disorder and mental health in general. Enter my page and subscribe 😁

  3. I also wanted to add… If you don't have someone, journalling is a wonderful habit to make a familiar part of your routine ❀ Its important to be your own best friend, & understand for yourself the inner workings of your mind ❀🌈

  4. I understand what the intention was with this video… But nowadays I don't feel like this is particularly helpful advice for everyone…

    I think its hard to have a conversation regarding urging someone to speak up/be vulnerable regarding letting someone into their situation/mind, without also mentioning the importance of assessing if its a safe situation to do so…

    I know for me, the only time I was ever really suicidal, was in my teens, after opening up to my family, & from there-after constantly demeaned and ridiculed as being "crazy", or overdramatic/overly-sensitive…

    I know its very popular, particularly in the internet world, to tell people to "just talk about it" and "we promise it'll be better"… Which for some people can be the case, but I wish it was discussed with more due-dilligence… Because for some, talking about it can be far more harmful…

    Assess your safety before saying anything, & my advice would be talk to someone whom you can cut out if telling them makes them think less of you… So either someone you don't know, or if its a friend etc, then make sure you are able to cut-ties if things turn sour… I don't advise telling family/people you live with etc unless you have another form of support from someone else.

    Hope this helped someone… I know its not a popular train of thought, but was my experience, so hopefully its helpful for someone else ❀

  5. The field of mental health is constantly making progress and unfolding specially by on going contribution of science and religion that helps us all with better tools to mind the body and inspire the mind. This video is a great attempt.

  6. I was age 13 I am now over 40 years old.
    Being 13 I watching a film in the film the bad guys make the good guys suffer by not giving them air to breathe and whilst watching the film I eat so much food I was really really full and after 10 mins after eating food
    I felt really uncomfortable and I couldn't breathe proper it honestly felt like sumat burst inside my stomach and i felt really uneasy i had no air TO breathe whole of my body went really warm and i just had no air TO breathe i then went to bed trying to brush it off but after waking up i felt same but a tiny bit better my dad took me to doctors i complained i can't breathe proper but doctor always sed my breathing was fine…
    It lasted around 6 weeks this happend in 1991 age 13 I was only 13 years old and it deeply traumatised me and it stayed In my mind always and always I never erased it from my mind cos I was scared it might happend again..
    ( (does anyone think it's mental illness??))
    And through out my life I've suffered this . 1992/93 was ok .
    Then suffered same in 94/95/96 .
    I remember 1997/98 i was perfectly fine i recall it now i started smoking late 1998 And that truly made it worse and worse and 1999 was very very bad and felt like my stomach/WINDPIPE and foodpipe is knackered i just couldn't breathe i then had a scan for lungs and chest in 1999 but results came out fine..
    I went better by 2000 then from late 2000 to 2011 the whole of 11 years i was fine.
    Then may 2011 it HAPPEN again very bad and i was better by summer 2012..
    2013 again that lasted 3 months.
    Now 2018 this time its gone worse and worse!!!!! I've had endoscopy for food pipe and stomach and they can't find any issues inside me!!!! Family say it's mental illness I have … from Aug 2018 till now may 2019 I've had umpteen tests at hospital and they all have been clear but what ever im suffering from feels real in my body and any food that goes down me then 5 mins after that I can't breathe at all it all started from my brain in 1991 and that trauma/ fear stayed with me for 28 long years …
    plz HAs anyone else SUFFERED this????????

  7. I got my wi if back on and what happened to you brick by brick

  8. I have had severe mental health issues for 7 years now and when I've shared my story 1 of 2 things happen…. 1) the person I'm talking to laughs in my face AND 2)mental health issues show the genuine people from the crap people who either think it mental health don't exist or just don't care πŸ˜•. BUT the one thing that mental health does is it allows you to take stock of your life and what matters to you.

  9. This is v e r y nice

  10. All I've found is isolation.

  11. Literally my whole family deals with mental illness mostly paranoid schizophrenia or severe bipolar. I'm child of schizophrenia parent I have seen them struggle my whole life trying to raise kids and maintain their mental health. I have 3 siblings and out us 4 kids 2 have been diagnosed with schizophrenia which I'm not one but I do suffer from anxiety .

  12. Having someone to talk to is great. And having the right person to talk to about the right things is important too.

    Chances are that someone else has thought and felt the very same things I do. It's extremely supportive and validating to find out that someone else understands where you're coming from.

  13. So,what should i do when i have no idea anymore to get a hand from the others?

  14. When I started talking about my anxiety and my depression with someone I trust I really felt better. Not better because everything disappeared, but because I finally felt like it was real, it's not fake, it's not just me convincing myself that I feel bad. If you feel like you can talk about it to someone, give it a try, it could help you see things in another perspective and maybe understand more of your problem.

  15. Me: β€œHey! I am Bipolar 1 with dysphoric tendencies, ADHD, and Anxiety, all piled on top of Autism. Do you want to hang out?”

    Them: β€œDo you mow lawns?”

  16. Important and interesting!

  17. I think we need to open and honest about the things we are going through. I guarentee we are not alone. Our story helps others who are going thru the the same type of things also..

  18. When I faced this situation, I joined a boardgaming meetup. It helped me a lot to focus on positivity and be grateful for what I have. πŸ™‚

  19. I know someone that was deemed uninsurable when applying for a life insurance policy due to medical history of alcohol consumption and depression. Mind you, there was never a DUI, a treatment program, or any problem at work due to either of these issues. Society, the medical machine doesn’t encourage transparency.

  20. I shared my mental health story last year and some of my friends just made fun of me and just laughed at me. It sucks to live in Philippines. So after what happened I decided not to use my facebook account and instagram and flew out of Philippines. Some filipinos are not educated about mental health problems and act as if everything is just in the mind and that you can just manipulate your feelings, your depressions and your anxiety.

  21. "Because we all have friends."

    HA! Guess you consider me another subversion of expectations, then.

  22. The issue I have is that people put such a stigma on any form of Mental illness. I get a lot of people not wanting to be around me , people telling me to get over it and move on , and the last one I despise is when my daughter was getting bullied in Elementary the teachers plus the principal said my daughter was trying to copy me. I'm like my daughter had no clue what suicide was until the bullies told her to kill herself. But since I had a couple of suicide attempts before I even had my daughter people assume my daughter knew about it and was copying me! My daughter was unaware of my suicide attempts until they basically told her right in front of a counselor! I was mad , embarrassed and had to explain in detail what happened to my then 11 yr old because they were putting the blame on me and not the kids bullying my daughter. My daughter is in Middle School now and my daughter doesn't get bullied any more. My daughter doesn't feel suicidal anymore and is her bright happy self. And I haven't had suicidal thoughts since my late teens I'm almost 37 yrs old now. So I can't trust anyone in real life to know anything about my daughter or myself because it's used against you instead.

  23. I shared my story, watch it on my channel.

  24. P R E A C H

  25. This has made me think about making a video about this.
    Thank you for this.

  26. That's adorable until you get fired for "some other reason" but its really your illness. Depression is almost normal but bipolar not so much.

  27. 2 views already and no comments only me and the like me wow but weird

  28. 1st

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