I was going to write about Oprah but instead…Let’s Talk about Mental Health
YES, it is January…and things are a bit darker here in Stratford…a lot of snow…a lot of clothes…and a lot of cloud.
I was getting on the FACEBOOK this morning…again…and I wrote a post about Oprah and that friggen Weight Watchers debacle…but I deleted it. I started to write about the militants in Oregon but WHAT THE eff do I know about that? Delete. Then I got all fussed up by those girls who spelled out a terrible word with their TSHIRTS (if you don’t know what I am talking about…see the internet…)…DELETE DELETE DELETE, Sharron…so negative…and then? I realized it was #bellletstalk day.
Today, Let’s Talk
Today, Bell will donate 5¢ more to mental health initiatives for every:
- Text message sent*
- Mobile & long distance call made*
- Tweet using #BellLetsTalk
- Share of the Facebook image
It is an important day.
Mary Walsh, who I have had the great honour of touring with, is someone who I gratefully call my friend…and she is very involved with #bellletstalk and about a year ago, whilst we were touring, we talked about her involvement with this initiative and then she invited me to be part a show that is happening in Ottawa next week called “Cracking Up the Capital” an comedy event that supports, highlights and talks about mental health. I love the title…I think it is brilliant. I cannot wait to do it…and I do love watching Mary on the FACEBOOK today and all of the events she is attending to bring awareness to Mental Wellness and Health in many different situations and work environments.
So, rather than put some INTERNET RAGE out into the world I decided to put this up.
For my whole life I was anxious. After I went to therapy, I realized I was probably having anxiety and panic attacks since I was 5 or 6 years old. I had one on my wedding day. I had one on my first trip abroad. And finally, the nail in my coffin, was the day I had one onstage in front of about 2000 people. From that moment on, the year I was 26 years old, life became a very large struggle…and endless series of situations that became more and more fearful…till finally I had a very hard time leaving my house. I truly thought my life would never be better…I couldn’t even imagine how it could…it really felt like my life was over before it had truly begun. AND it all changed for me when I started writing about it…when I started reaching out…with my powerful decision to speak about it to anyone who asked. When I decided that it did not make me a terrible person…that it was not something to be ashamed of…that I could work really hard with my challenges, I KNEW and BELIEVED that I could give myself…realize…a wonderful, full life, creative life.
Everyday is full of new challenges…and some days I think I am back where I started. It never goes away…I have just learned (throught A LOT OF WORK) to deal with my anxiety and panic and do my best to thrive inside of it.
That is the thing I wish most to put out into the world…your life doesn’t have to end because you have mental challenges…you can have a real, full life…it can be challenging…but it will be worth it. I believe.
Have a wonderful day.
If you happen to be near Ottawa next week, the Cracking Up for Comedy Festival has a pretty awesome line up!
Feb. 5th – Women of Comedy: Because It’s 2016!