You are not a burden

There have been so many moments in my life when I decided not to talk about my mental health because I didn’t want to burden others with my problems. I didn’t think I was sick/ thin/ sad enough for help.

Eventually, when I allowed myself to reach out, I found a community of people willing to help. If you are struggling/ feeling alone,  know there are people that want to listen – including me.

Today, I’d like to share a poem written for a loved who is struggling with their mental health but afraid of being a burden. I hope this helps them, and anyone else who’s struggling, realize that they are not alone.


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As someone who lives, and often struggles, with my mental health every single day – you are not a burden. You are worthy of life and living. You deserve the kind of happiness that fills your belly and brings tears to your eyes. I know that will come, after the sadness lifts. I promise to be there, as best as I can, through the light, the dark, and everything in between. Remember, it’s okay to not be okay and I will always believe in you.

Love always,

– A

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