Confidently Enough on World Mental Health Day
Mental Health is a priority. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, and instead should be pursued daily. It’s also our responsibility to be purposeful about checking on those around us. Make mental health a daily task whether it’s working on yourself or actively being there for others...
We have teamed up with a group of amazing mamas in our community to bring awareness on #worldsmentalhealthday and we are in full force creating open conversations. The main mission of ours is to alleviate the pain by listening and being present for those who need us most...
Every 40 seconds someone loses their life to suicide resulting in almost 800,000 lives lost annually.
Maternal mental health disorders including postpartum depression are the #1 complication of childbirth.
1 in 5 women will suffer from a maternal mental health disorder and 1 in 7 will experience depression during pregnancy.
This doesn’t stop with Mom, dads also experience their mental health challenges which can affect the entire family.
There’s a ripple effect. Suicide and suicide attempt to impact families and spread to friends, colleagues, communities, and societies.
Much can be done to prevent suicide on individual, community and national levels.
Today, we are joining forces from every #Enough shirt purchased, we will be donating $1 dollar to the Blue Dot Project. You can click here to read more about this amazing project and how the stand for maternal mental health survivor-ship, support and solidarity. For direct donations, you can visit their site here.
Here are a few mamas who have spoken out and are fighting against stigmas and overcoming...
"I have suffered from anxiety.
I have suffered from depression.
I have suffered from anger/rage.
I have attempted suicide.
I have been admitted.
I have taken medication.
I have been to therapy.
I have pretended like none of it is real.
But I am not a failure.
I am not weak.
I am not broken.
I am human.
And being a human is full of twists and hard things and times where you can’t do it alone.
Being human comes with physical health and mental health.
Both are equally important to take care of you.
Your life matters. You are important and your mental health is real. Help is not a sign of weakness, but a giant sign of strength.
Please don’t suffer in silence.
You don’t have to do this alone.
You are enough."Meg Boggs (@meg.boggs)
"If only I could have seen that I have always been enough and I will always be enough. •
On the day I almost died delivering my babies, I brought 3 lives into this world. I am enough. •
On the day I chose to stop breastfeeding, I chose to feed my babies. I am enough. •
I felt helpless all those months my babies suffered with gerd, but I did everything I could to help them. I am enough. •
On the day I was diagnosed with PPD and anxiety, I made a choice to change, to be healthy for my family, to be a better me. I am enough. •
My body is different now. I brought life into this world and that is so beautiful. I am enough. •
My daughter almost drowned last summer, but she survived because I saved her. I am enough. •
It is very easy to twist our perspective as a Mother and see all our faults, but Mama, change what you see because I guarentee you are enough!"
Desiree Fortin (@theperfectmom)
"I learned how to feel present. I saw value in myself. I believed I was loved and learned to love myself again. I decided I was needed, not just by those around me, but I needed myself too."
Elsie Calo (@elsiecalo)
"But every day, I remind myself of all I have overcome. I remind myself that mental health is just as important as physical health. I remind myself that I’m a better mom and a better human being when I’m on medication. And I remind myself that I may not be perfect, but I am enough."Bethanie Garcia (@thegarciadiaries)
"Society will remind you that stigma is alive and there are still plenty of people and systems who will only see your diagnosis OR pretend a diagnosis doesn't exist. Either way, it's not your truth to hold onto. It's their. They don't get to decide who you are. You are good. You are light. You are ENOUGH"Katie M. Crenshaw (@katiemcrenshaw)
I didn’t seek help until 4 months postpartum Pj and 3 years pp Emaline, mostly because of stubbornness and feeling like I can handle it all. But also - mental health can be really confusing when you have really good days mixed in there, like I do.
This is for the girl who’s always felt lost and out of place or like she can’t keep up. For the woman who’s drowning from anxiety and depression. For the postpartum mama who keeps having suicidal ideation but is ignoring it... For anyone having any of those thoughts.
I see you. I hear you. I am you.
Ashley Dorough (@ashley_dorough)
I just wanted to take a minute to remind you that everything that you do is enough and everything that you are is enough.
As a persons who’s has had PTSD since the 6th grade and anxiety worse than ever in her 20s it’s hard to not look at other people and say i just want to be normal. It’s not even about wanting to be normal, it’s about the thought that i think I’m not normal.
So here’s to not being ashamed, here’s to embracing the crazy bitch I am because i can’t “function” how I’m “supposed to”, here’s to all the badass people who deal with these struggles every fucking day in all forms and still wake up and get out of bed and push themselves to overcome this shit.
Steph Brown (@themomfluence)
"I am ENOUGH. I am enough woman, mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, creative, coworker...I have all I need... At times I felt lonely, but I knew I was never alone. "
Zo'e Ymajen Cole (@aloha.zo.creates)
There was a season where life just felt heavy. No matter what brought me a smile or how my family supported me, there was always this thickness in the air and nothing felt clear. I felt lost and from experiences constantly questioned why God would bless me with so much when I couldn’t see myself as deserving. It’s been a journey building up a confidence in myself again, but I can finally see clearly and life doesn’t feel as messy. It’s possible to find joy again, you just have to have someone pick you up and help you fight for it."
Kinsey Dulaney (@kinseydulaney)
"In that scary moment, I decided to face those demons straight on, and use them to make me stronger. Since starting this journey to finding a happier me, I’ve come to realize something so important... My best is enough. A fraction of progress is enough. The fact that I wake up every single day, and choose to fight through the negative thoughts is enough. I am enough for my family, and they need me here."
Tori McCain (@tori.mccain)
"I always say that even though motherhood is one of the biggest communities out there it can also be one of the loneliest."
Kimberly Matamoros (@lipstickandbaby)
"Everyday I have to set limits for myself because I’m scared how I will react to the situation. Even more so now that I’m the main parent during the day. Which has always been hard for me. When I’m in the thick of it, all I can ask myself is “what’s wrong with me”. It’s time to let you know.
I am enough.
You are enough.
We are enough.
Your journey through mental health won’t be easy and you’re not alone."
Heydy Lopez (@heydylopez)
"It took me saying something out loud and admitting that I was suffering to start to feel even the smallest bit better. I'm still working on it everyday, but I am consciously trying to make changes in my life that lessen my anxiety."
Erin Bogle (@biggirlyyc)
You see a smile, but do you truly know me? What I am facing on the inside? One being my anxiety. I have battled with it since I could remember. And after becoming a mother it intensified durning postpartum. I felt like I was on edge all the time(especially in those first 6months!) My thoughts were not my own. I cried so much feeling like the normal version of me was somewhere, but All the irrational parts of me would win.
And then there was Depression. Which I never tossed around the term because I didn’t feel like I ever truly experienced it... until I was pregnant with my 4th child. I never knew I could feel so low. Alone. Isolated to this very part of my being that made me feel empty. It was the scariest thing I’d ever felt. And I never thought I’d come through it.
It took me so long to find ways to work through my emotions. What triggered them. And how I could keep myself from fully returning to those parts of me. And everyday I’m still learning.
Faith Beck (@lifeforeverchanged)
Como una persona que ha tenido grandes desafios en mis sueños de tener una familia, grabar mi música, ser mi propia jefa, la vida muchas veces pareció ser injusta. Huracanes, violencia emocional, divorcio, perdida de mi padre y retornar a mi isla para criar sola a mi hija mientras comenzaba a reconstruir todo al mismo tiempo, eso lo cambió todo. .Todos esos cambios me hicieron reciliente, si... pero en realidad fué muy doloroso. Lentamente comenzé a amar mi rostro, mi cuerpo, mi mente, como yo pensaba y mis emociones. TODAS mis emociones. Supe como era vivir en ansiedad y sufrir ataques de pánicos y el no sentir que mi vida era normal. .Asi que esto va a no estar avergonzada, esto va para l@s que enfrentan cambios, se paran sobre el temor y se sobreponen a todas las injusticias mientras se agarran de toda esperanza para un mejor HOY y un futuro increíble. ¡Hoy soy suficiente! ♡ Today, I am enough!
My anxiety has manifested itself in many ways in my life. Being that it's generalized well all it takes is the perfect storm for those anxiety loop plates to go a spinning. When I operate in fear I begin to manifest all the ways I fall short. From the person I am to my every last tiny imperfection. The thing is the amount of compassion I have for others when they are struggling and doing their best is usually 💯 fold more than what I give myself. Everyone has their way of managing their mental health. My family has a history of being EXTREMELY sensitive to medication. Medication works well for many! Seek help from those you love and trust. If you have no system seek a medical professional. Being human is hard. Raising humans is even harder.
Christina Joan (@hellochristinajoan)
Would you believe that this is the face of someone who has been diagnosed with mild/ severe depression, anxiety?
Would you believe that this face takes medication everyday just to function as a normal member of society and be the best mom she can be?
Would you believe that this face didn’t think she was good enough to be loved since no matter how much she loved she was always left broken hearted?
Would you believe this face didn’t think she was “enough” because of society’s crazy expectations of mom?
Would you believe that this is now the face of a proud mom who gets told daily that she is loved, that she is the best by the very people she didn’t think she was good “enough” for?
Well would you?
I’m here to tell you that You are enough. I am enough. We are more than enough. Nobody is perfect and no one can do everything. You just have to do you best, try daily and do what you believe is best for your family and yourself.
Tyisha Roberts (@boy_mom_life2)