Mental health issues? Here’s how to find a support system.

While I was hospitalized for depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts in 2019, I took classes on coping strategies, how to manage my condition, and how to create a health plan to stay healthy. A large part of this plan involves building a support system.

I didn’t talk about my struggles back then. I would have said I was fine if asked, but I was in pain, lonely and broken. If you don’t tell people you’re hurting, it’s hard to get what you need. So after I left the hospital, I let it all out. I blogged about my trip and told friends and family exactly what was going on. It was liberating.

Opening up also helped me stay accountable, which is hard for me because I don’t set boundaries.

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