World Mental Health Day – Be the change you want to see in the world

Hi everyone,

Something thought-provoking happened to me today on Facebook.

It wasn’t a meme, or someone’s post. And this isn’t the first time I’ve had a less than normal experience with trying to sell something on Facebook marketplace, and it probably won’t be the last.

So, let me start at the beginning.

At the start of the year, I bought a pandora bracelet from a girl on Depop and she was selling it alongside a clip charm. It’s pink and girly and not massively me, so I popped it on Facebook recently, seeing as the retail value of it was £50.

Tonight, a lady from Sheffield messaged me about it and, after a few back and forths, we settled on a price and mode of payment.

She said that she’d pay me in the morning as she usually gets paid in the early hours.

Then, out of no’where, she said that she wouldn’t likely be sleeping anyway as her ex beat her up to the point of near-death and raped her a few months ago.

Now, you’re probably thinking “Quite a lot to divulge to a stranger, surely?”

But here’s the thing – sometimes, we just need to talk.

And often, telling a complete stranger about your problems can be a hell of a lot easier than telling your friends and family.

My heart went out to this woman, and on World Mental Health Day, I thought what a stark reminder of the difference we can make to someone in need by just lending a listening ear.

Instead of shying away from the topic, we spoke about it. I gave her the best advice I could.

And at the end, I recommended a magnesium supplement I’ve been using to help me sleep better and she was really grateful and is going to try it.

I’ve always wanted to help people. And when I hear, or see, people going through suffering I am overcome with empathy to the point that it makes me upset myself.

My heart truly aches for them. I put myself in their shoes. I think about everything they’re going through… and this was no exception.

One of my favorite quotes is “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind, always.”

You never know what direction your life is going to take you in. And what may seem inconceivable now, could one day be your reality.

This time two years ago I was in the midst of depression. I still, to this day, remember not being able to make it though the day without crippling bouts of anxiety. And this, sadly, is still the reality for millions of people around the world.

So be kind. Be empathetic. And be that person to listen. It really can make all the difference.

Some day, it may be you that’s in need. Don’t wait until that day to wish you’d be that person to someone else.

Yours,

Hannah x

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