DRUM - - Ed's Note -

Peo­ple suf­fer­ing from any form of men­tal ill­ness are not cow­ards, be­witched, de­mon-pos­sessed, at­ten­tion-seek­ers nor are they be­ing dra­matic. All forms of men­tal ill­ness are real, and they’re not a weak­ness.

Just pause and think of a time when the sun was not shin­ing on you and every­thing was just bad, when you al­most lost hope – you were not be­ing a cow­ard, right? In­stead you wished and prayed that you would be kept safe un­til the storm you were fac­ing could pass.

And that’s ex­actly what peo­ple with men­tal ill­ness­eses want too. So let’s stop judg­ing what we don’t un­der­stand.

We have to en­sure these peo­ple have a strong sup­port struc­ture. To those suf­fer­ing from any form of men­tal ill­ness, it’s okay not to be okay – cry, take all the time you need to heal and pro­tect your peace.

It’s all about your san­ity, so nur­ture it. God sees you, and your time to ex­pe­ri­ence a men­tal “glow up” is com­ing. Un­til then, make your men­tal health a pri­or­ity. NONKULULEKO SIBIYA, PRE­TO­RIA

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