Saturday, June 20, 2015

Help, Healing, Hope

The other day, I had the opportunity to speak on behalf of Kids Help Phone at the Boston Pizza Foundation Invitational Charity Golf Tournament.  I never thought I would stand up in front of an audience and share these parts of my journey.  But I did, and it felt as though it gave me a bit more power over the darker moments of my life.

I've written about my PTSD before, I've mentioned it in interviews, and have briefly brought it up in some of my speeches; but I tend to refer to it as something I've overcome, or something of the past that was challenging so I did some therapy and that's that.  It isn't quite that simple though, and sometimes I wish it was.  PTSD, and the depression and anxiety that come along with it, are always part of my life.

I can't change my past or how it's affected me, but I can learn to cope with it.  I think a big part of that is accepting that it is part of my life and learning to work with it instead of using all my energy to fight against it.  I love this quote from one of Brene Brown's books:

Like I mention in the video below, I never thought depression or anxiety or mental illness could possibly be real... but I've definitely learned that I was VERY wrong, and it's not something you can completely understand until you've experienced it yourself.  So I think I'd like to talk about it more, because it's a conversation that really needs to be had more often.  Our mental health is just as important as our physical health.  Our mind and body are so closely connected.

I didn't think I would be sharing this speech, but I think it's important that I do.  I didn't know my mom would be recording it, it's a bit cut off at the beginning (basically I was just talking about my love for Smarties haha), and my mom got a bit shaky because she had no idea I was going to be so honest and open.  But here it is.

And here's some photos from the event...I had an amazing time!

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