When I was in Nursing school, one area of nursing that made a huge impact in my life is my Mental Health rotation. During my rotation in a mental health unit, I was amazed by the hormones and neurotransmitters in our system and how it could affect our feelings and emotions. I’ve also seen people battle clinical depression- some may have failed, other made through it.
One thing I realized is how common for anyone of us to feel down and lonely. Sometimes we feel alone. Sometimes we just want to talk. Sometimes we just want someone to listen.
In light of the recent World Mental Health Day, along with my boyfriend, I have decided to watch a Filipino Movie, Last Night. Unlike other love stories, this story tackles a unique story about finding meaning in life.
Please read about it here: https://pelikulamania.com/2017/09/27/last-night-review-life-and-death-and-the-mysteries-in-between/
One thing about it that struck me the most in the story is how it portrayed the power of conversation. Sometimes it only takes a simple conversation to make a huge difference in someone else’s life. And sometimes it only takes a listener to save a person from committing suicide. I’d like to encourage everyone to please, please find time to listen to someone in need. Please listen without any judgments for it takes a courage to open up to someone.
And to someone who feels alone- always remember that it is okay not to be okay. It is natural, so when in need, find somebody who could listen to you. In the world we have now, there are countless mediums of communication out there. We are no longer trapped in a box where only two people could communicate. Find something that could be therapeutic, it may be in a form of writing or drawing or singing. It may be in a form of praying and believing in something greater than what we see. When in doubt, always remember there’s Someone out there who listens to us. Talk to Him for He will always hear us out without forsaking us (Deuteronomy 31:8).
The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. – Psalm 34:17
Ignore what other people will tell you, for you know better than them. People these days only see what they want to see so speak out and forget what other people will say. In the end, no matter what you do, people will judge you so do what you want, say what you want.
Always remember that your mental health is as important as your physical health.
Personally, there was a time when I had my lowest moment and I have decided to open up with a couple of friends about my sentiments. It started okay until I heard someone say that the topic was “nonsense”. It irked me because there is no such topic as nonsense. If this same conversation would happen in someone who is seeking help, a simple word like “nonsense” could make or break someone else’s life. I had to fight for that word and correct my friend from saying that to me because words are so powerful, much more powerful than any physical pain.
I couldn’t stress enough how important this topic is, so please be a listener, be a friend, be a fighter, be a somebody for someone.
Speak out because YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
This blog is written in honour of Isaiah Lustre, may you Rest In Peace.