Why we shouldn’t be ashamed of mental illness.

I’m thankful to Per who talked to me and my husband about the investment in and science behind the medication for depression and anxiety and for Sarah who urged me to see my Doctor. If it wasn’t for their help and others, I wouldn’t have taken any tablets and who knows what could have happened.

I am not ashamed I have taken medication. In fact I’m so thankful for it. For the scientists who have used their very large brains to develop it and for the Doctors who prescribe it. I have been so fortunate to have had very wise and professional Doctors who have been careful about the medication they have given me. I have never felt judged by them or made to feel that it is my fault.

Diabetics take insulin. We take pain killers for headaches and period pain, antibiotics for bacterial infections and night nurse for colds. The tablets I have taken aren’t any different except they have helped my brain to get better.

I am not mad, mental or nuts. I am sane. I was born with a sound mind and I still have it. Yes I have been anxious and sometimes that has been crippling. My mental health has been affected by the stresses and strains of life, of loss and so many other things. Yes I’ve made mistakes and I haven’t always lived in a way that is life giving. But I’ve learnt and am learning how to protect myself from some of the louder, harsher rhythms of life.

Today if you find yourself anxious, fearful and frightened, breathe deeply. See your Doctor, get help and share with others. You are not alone.

There is hope. I am not the same person I was four years ago waiting anxiously outside of my Doctor’s surgery at 6.30am to get an appointment. I am strong, free of anxiety, full of life and thankful for all of the people who have helped me along the way. Have sat with me as I’ve sobbed and sobbed, have prayed for me and with me and listened to me. You know who you are and you are wonderful.

Where you can find help:

Don’t keep quiet and carry on: Kate, William and Harry’s mental health plea
Evening Standard

Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry today united to stop people suffering in silence and urge everyone to talk about their mental health. Read the full story

The Worry Book by Will van der Hart and Rob Waller

The Healing Mission




12 thoughts on “Why we shouldn’t be ashamed of mental illness.

  1. This post is so inspirational. Coming from a family that doesn’t agree with them at all, I had to make the decision on my own to get better. It has been a bumpy road but I’m just starting to realize that anti anxiety meds, if your on the right one is so helpful. Thank you for sharing this. 🙂

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  2. Thank you Jane for such an open and honest account of your experience with mental health. You are an awesome woman indeed! I do hope that this is read by a wide audience as I am sure it will be a great source of help and offer a greater understanding of the sadly very much stigmatized issue of mental health. How very blessed we are to have you in our lives dear Jane.

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  3. Amazing post, Jane.

    I would recommend anyone to try CBD oil and Turmeric with Black Pepper, before using prescribed medicine. They have both been proven to reduce anxiety and provide a side-effect free solution. I use CBD oil myself and have really noticed a difference in my sleep pattern (I go to sleep immediately with no tossing and turning, and wake up feeling refreshed). I also find that my anxiety levels are virtually non-existent. Turmeric and Black Pepper are also recommended for this purpose, and can improve brain function as well, but I cannot vouch for them personally.

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  4. Jane, this has helped me more than you know. You are a true blessing. Thank you for being you, being faithful to our amazing God and for being vulnerable. You guys teach me so much regularly! This is no exception. xxx


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