I recently posted this on my personal Facebook profile, mostly out of a cathartic need to share my story of progress and also to capture my current positive mindset for future Bethan to refer back to in less happy moments.
I was absolutely astounded by the response I got from friends, family and even people who I had not spoken to in years. I received many messages of support and comradery, all of which were greatly appreciated!
It is extremely comforting to learn that I am not alone in my experiences and that other people are willing to talk about mental health issues in such an open and supportive manner.
I thought I would re post on here, in the hope that it will help to support an open discourse about mental health and maybe, just maybe, make someone else feel a little less isolated.
Nobody is ever alone.
"Next week should be an interesting one, as it will involve standing on stage, selling myself and Bright Ethics to a crowd of 100 people, as part of The Pitch competition.
Six months ago I was barely able to answer the phone or leave the house due to a rehabilitating mix of depression and anxiety. Standing up on stage and competitively pitching my business would have been unthinkable back then...
I guess this status is bittersweet, as I know I still have a long way to go until I'm fully "recovered" (I have no idea what that would even look like if I am perfectly honest!) However, this is one of those moments when I can look back and say that things are getting measurably better. I am getting better.
Whether or not I make it through to the top 30, (though lets be honest, that's what I'm there to do!) standing on that stage will be a proud moment regardless. It will also hopefully be a sign of things to come!
I'm sure I've said this before, but I'm not looking for pity, or applause, when writing this kind of status. I just want people who are, or have been, in similar situations to know that it does get better.
Progress, not matter how small, is always progress."