Mental Health

#mentalhealthmatters #bekindtoyourmind

How many of you struggle with mental illness? How many of you know people who do? Do you know how to spot the signs and symptoms?

I wasn’t always able to spot the warning signs or symptoms. I didn’t know how serious mental illness and mental health were. Until I had a friend that was suffering from depression. Years later I began experiencing the very same thing.

My Personal Struggle...

Yes, I suffer from depression and anxiety disorder. I’ve been seeing a therapist for the last year and a half. It has been the best decision I could have ever made. My breaking point was when I called my parents one morning crying my eyes out. I mustered up the strength to tell them that I was unhappy, feeling hopeless and that I needed help. Prior to that the only people who knew what I was battling with was my ex-fiance and my daughter.

I had been suffering in silence for several years. Some days I wouldn’t even get out of bed. At one point I refused to talk to the people in my own home. I was sad, ashamed and felt like I was losing my mind. I didn’t want my daughter or future children to grow up seeing me like that. I wanted to be the best version of myself for me and for my loved ones.

I Am Not Alone.

Sadly, just like me there are so many people suffering in silence. They choose to hide their pain behind smiles. Others choose to act out for attention or self medicate with drugs and alcohol as a means of coping. These people are secretly crying out for help. But in many cases no one hears them. Mental health is something that needs to be addressed more often. In order to help ourselves, loved ones and friends we have to educate ourselves on this topic.




  • Fear.
  • Low energy.
  • Outburst of anger.
  • Suicidal thoughts.
  • Paranoia, delusions.
  • Inability to concentrate.
  • Overeating or undereating.
  • Sleeping too much or insomnia.
  • Abusing alcohol, drugs or both.
  • Exhibiting extreme highs and lows.
  • Sadness and irritability that lingers.
  • Withdrawal from activities, family and friends.

If you or anyone you know are having suicidal thoughts please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800 273 8255 and speak to a counselor.

Knowing the warning signs can help you, a friend or family member out. These counselors will let you know if professional help is needed. Getting diagnosed by a medical professional is the first step to getting a proper treatment plan.


I decided against being prescribed medication. Instead I chose therapy and the holistic approach. The methods I chose are Ashwagandha Root Powder 800 mg, chamomile tea, and aromatherapy. You can pick these up at your local Walmart SuperCenter. This method has worked for me but does not work for everyone. Depending on what type of mental health you are battling. Prescription medicine may be what’s best for you. Or a combination of medicine and therapy. Your doctor and you will decide what’s best for your own personal needs. But if you are interested in the holistic approach I will have provided a list of options down below.

Holistic Options for Depression, Stress and Anxiety

*Kava *Lemon balm

*Aromatheraphy *Passionflower

*Chamomile *Valerian

*Meditation *Exercise

*Folic Acid

* Breathing Exercises

*Healthy change in diet

*Omega-3 fatty acids

These options have been proven to work for some people. THEY WILL NOT WORK FOR EVERYONE. But nonetheless they are still worth a try.


Mental Health Matters


Music has been known to help raise our vibration to a higher frequency. Music is used as a therapeutic tool. Below is a song that helps lift me up on my dark days. I pray that this song does the same for you. Love and Light.



Author: J’Lee

Get out, Get out !!!

You cannot stay here.

You absolutely refuse to handle me with care.

You’ve clouded my judgment and stalled my progress.

You’ve played on my anxiety and caused so much stress.

I’ve had enough of you preventing me from doing my best.

Around every corner you’ve posed a threat.

Since living with you I haven’t gotten any rest.

I can’t even open my heart to anyone else.

Afraid that he’ll be just like you and the rest.

You’ve had such a tight hold on me.

Left me with so much anxiety.

But today is the day that I leave your ass for good.

I have dreams to chase.

You know those things you never understood.

I have love in my heart and goals on the brain.

I’m walking away from you and all this pain.

The time has come for me to boss up and take a leap of faith.

I’m leaving my fears and chasing my dreams.

Welcoming my future and the things that may be.

I am not my tears….I am not my pain.

I welcome sunshine….. I’m tired of rain.

No looking back It’s only up from here.

If you were curious ….this poem is not about my ex.

It’s about my fears.


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