Real Talk- Mental Health
Ok, so here is some real insight on what goes on behind the scenes at KAD & BEC. As most of you may know, we don’t live together; we live about an hour away from each other. This means that most of our decision making takes place over FaceTime or texting, or on the phone while running around doing errands. We run our social media similarly to most businesses, where our content is taken ahead of time and posted when it works best for us. We wait until our products have come in and have been inspected to make sure it is of the highest quality. We then of course have to figure out a suitable time to really focus on taking the best pictures to showcase our products. Most of our readers are females, so you all know the process of taking the perfect Instagram picture, and if you’re a guy with a girlfriend you also probably know!
You may have noticed we’ve been a little absent on our social media and haven’t been posting blogs as much as we would’ve liked to. You can probably imagine life is pretty hectic for Bec with two little guys! For me, Kad, life has been overwhelming lately. We have been open about our struggles with mental health and our constant effort to bring awareness to ending the stigma around those who are dealing with mental illness. The reality is that I have been suffering more than usual lately. I’ve struggled a lot with anxiety and depression throughout my life; there are times where I don’t experience any symptoms and can live my daily life normally. On the other hand, there are other times where I have panic attacks, sleeping problems, and depressive periods lasting anywhere from hours to days. Lately I've found myself on the longer end of the spectrum.
It has always been difficult for me to talk about my mental health. When I first started to struggle with anxiety and depressive states I didn't fully understand what was going on; I didn't know how to express it to anyone or to find help. I had a really hard time telling my family and friends what was going on with me. I thought that they wouldn’t take me seriously, I thought that they had too much going on in their own lives to deal with my struggles and I can admit I was a little embarrassed. Then I had this complex of always trying to seem like I had my shit together. I wanted people to think I was excelling in all aspects of my life when the reality was that I was really struggling. I'm always so proud when I see people I know talk about their struggles because I know it was an extremely tough thing for them to do. There are a few people that really inspired todays blog and I am thankful that their strength was able to build me up enough to try and build up someone else's strength.
I am extremely thankful and lucky that I have a strong support system with my family, my boyfriend and my friends. I’ve also learned over the years how to ask for help and how to reach out to people when I’m having a hard time. There are still times, though, where I feel completely alone and like I can't reach out to anyone, even though I do know there are people that want to help. Unfortunately, that's one of the problems that I deal with; fighting between what I know and what my anxiety is telling me.
For those of you that are struggling with your mental health, it is so very important to always remember that there are people that care about you and people who want to help you through your hard days. I’ll add resources below, but also want to let any of you reading know that if you are struggling you can always reach out to either of us through @kadandbec or our personal accounts @michdoww or @becdow. Even if you don’t know us personally we will be there to support you in anyway can.
So bare with us while we get our blogs and our posts back on track. Thank you so much for reading if you've made it this far. It truly does mean a lot to us, and we want to continue to thank you all for your support.
See you soon!
KAD & BEC xo
Youth Services Bureau Crisis Line: 1-877-377-7775
Mental Health Crisis Line: 1-866-996-0991
Canadian Crisis Hotline: 1-888-353-2273
Youthspace.ca (NEED2 Suicide Prevention, Education and Support)
Youth Text (6pm-12am PT): (778) 783-0177
Youth Chat (6pm-12am PT): www.youthspace.ca
Crisis Services Canada
Toll Free (24/7): 1-833-456-4566
Text support (4pm-12am ET daily): 45645
Kids Help Phone
Text Services: Text "CONNECT" to 686868 (also serving adults)
Chat Services: https://kidshelpphone.ca/live-chat/
APPS AND ONLINE SERVICES
Better Help www.betterhelp.com
Online access to professional counsellors
On the web, and available for iPhone and Android users
The LifeLine App www.thelifelinecanada.ca
Direct access to phone, online chat, text, and email crisis support
E-counselling, self-management tools, access to crisis centres across Canada
Available for iPhone and Android users
ONLINE PEER SUPPORT
Big White Wall Canada
Big White Wall Canada www.bigwhitewall.ca
Anonymous peer support community accessible anytime, anywhere