"Mental health had become a major part of my life. Suffering from severe anxiety has altered my life since I first experienced my first anxiety attack. I was in 8th grade, I had just received my mark on a math test that I completely bombed and I had this feeling that I just needed to run away, so I left the room and ran to the bathroom. I felt like I was trapped in my own skin, in my own head and all I wanted to do was escape. I couldn't breathe and started hyperventilating, unable to control my body as it was shaking. Thoughts rushing in and out of my head, telling me that "this test is going to ruin me", "you're stupid", and many more that I knew weren't true. Thing is about anxiety, it follows you no matter where you go, always creeping up behind you and keeping you in constant fear and anxiousness. It can come at the most ridiculous times, making something that isn't a big deal much more exaggerated that it should be, but I can't control it. I live with anxiety, I don't just deal with it. I live through it and with it and there's not much I can do to stop it, so I cope. Mental health is so important to me because I know there are people out there who are like me and who are struggling. All I want to do is support those who need someone to tell them that it's okay because sometimes I need that too".
"Anxiety makes me feel trapped and alone, even though I know so many people feel the same way. I often question if I am the only one that feels this way. Anxiety makes you feel like the odd one out. It stops me from thinking logically. I know that people around me support me and sympathize, but it can be hard to really understand this on a deeper level. But with the people around me, I've seen them suffer from depression and anxiety as well. It can be something that is hard to talk about as many don't treat it like it's real. But we need to acknowledge that mental illness is just as real as a physical illness and make people feel that they are not alone and that there are so many people willing to help and who are feeling the same way."
"I'd say mental health is happiness... but it's more knowing how to deal with everything we encounter."
"If you are stressed sit down in a safe place, close your eyes and take deep breaths. Think of your favourite number, for example three. Then find 3 things you are touching right now, then 3 things you can hear, then open your eyes when you are ready and pick three things you can see. If you are feeling really stressed out this will help to bring you back down to earth and less in your head. The app headspace also really helps, you take 10 minutes of your day to log into the app and relax do nothing."
"Mental health heavily affected a close friend of mine, who ended up taking her life. After a while of struggling, I focused on repairing my own mental health and took a positive turn to help girls like her."
"Talk to someone. You are not alone and there are really so many people who care about you. You don't have to go through anything alone."
"Mental health is something everybody has. Like physical health it is simply your brain and how it works. Personally, mental health means being aware of yourself, your brain, your thoughts, and your feelings"
"Mental health has never affected me personally but it has affected my family and friends. One family member told me recently that she has been battling a mental disorder for years and hid it from me and my siblings until we were old enough to understand what that meant. It has affected the structure of my family and how I view certain people in my family based on their personal opinions on the matter as some aren't as supportive or understanding as they should be".
" A lot of girls have mental health issues, but the majority of them don't want to tell anyone. They are worried and scared to be judged in school by their classmates and friends. BSS can have more open conversations on mental health, it would make every girl realize that it is not their fault to have mental health problems and they feel comfortable to share their stories in front of people in BSS".
"Mental health has also affected one of my best friends. She tends to have intense panic attacks and breakdowns frequently because of her anxiety. She calls me whenever she needs to and I'll listen while she talks and try to help calm her down and ground herself so that she feels more in control".
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