It’s interesting how the timing of the return to the blog has happened to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week. From the Apple App Store itself to my running tracker, all this week I’ve been continuously seeing campaigns to raise said awareness. I’d planned on finalizing one of my active drafts concerning something other than me, but today being World Mental Health Day, it would feel remiss to leave it unacknowledged.
Skimming the news articles today concerning the topic like this one, it’s good to see such expanded conversation and acknowledgement of mental health issues and their care than there was in 2012 when I had my mental breakdown. It’s been an improving trend over the course of the last 9 years, especially this year after Simone Biles’ performance at the Tokyo Olympics. It’s not a helpful train of thought, but I can’t help but wonder how the current social environment and attitude would have changed things if this were what it had been like all those years ago.
A curious realization for me is seeing that I’ve been effectively working in reverse compared to everyone else. Where all the disruptions caused by COVID have created mental health struggles for the population at large, I’ve been able to square mine away conclusively and find the drive to thrive again.
And so, despite everything going on in the world, it’s nice to be able to reflect on my own state on World Mental Health day and day to myself that in that regard, I’m in a healthy place.