You Are Never Alone + 5 Ways We Can All Make A Difference

Heyy all,

I wrote this on World Mental Health Day, but the signal in the English countryside is sporadic to say the least. Anyway, it’s a bit late, but no less relevant.

I just wanted to share a reminder that anyone can talk to me about anything (big or small) at any time. I don’t want anyone to go through anything alone ❤ Life is tough and it affects us all so message me through my ‘Wanna Talk?’ page any time and I will do my best to be there for you ❤ I know how much of a difference it makes just to have someone there for you and we’ve all gotta stick together if we wanna make this world a better place so I’m serious – message me whenever guys.

A lot of us don’t often know what to do to help others who are struggling with their mental health and although I’m no expert, here’s a list of things that are simple but (from my experience) make a huge difference. 

Make it clear to your friends, family and members of your community that you’re there for them through thick and thin. Even if you take it for granted that they already know, sometimes a reminder that they can trust you and that you’re there no matter what goes a long way. 

Get involved in projects in your community. On my family’s challenge we’ve met so many ordinary but incredible people who are transforming lives in their own town or city just by bringing people together and supporting one another. Being a part of something can mean so much – having a purpose, being surrounded by people who care about you and finding hope for the future is a lifesaver for so many people.

I’ve done loads of volunteering with groups like these recently and whether they use fixing cars, fitness, sailing, arts and crafts or something else, they’re making a huge difference and what you get from being a part of that is absolutely incredible. Bringing people together is truly the solution to so many of the struggles we’re all facing and it’s creating a better future for us all. I’d tell absolutely everyone to do a bit of research (social media is great like that) and find a way to get involved in a project in their community. It’ll be the best step outside your comfort zone that you ever take. 

It’s the little things. Send your friend a random text telling them how much they mean to you. Leave uplifting notes in library books. If you notice that someone you know seems down, try to find small ways to show them you care. If someone wants to talk, find time to listen. 

Educate yourself. Read up about mental health. Ask questions. Don’t make assumptions. Listen to people’s stories. Don’t judge. So many people are misunderstood because of other people’s ignorance. Be part of the solution, not the problem. 

Be real and encourage others to do the same. In our society, there’s so much pressure to be something we’re not and to hide our true selves to fit in, but that’s where the issues start. It’s not easy, but once we start being open, honest and real and accept others for who they are too, others feel like they can too and society changes for the better. 

So there you have it – five ways we can all make a difference. Mental health is something so many of us struggle with, it’s tough, it’s real, it’s raw, it’s painful. Let’s come together, support one another and show others that they’re not alone.

I’ve posted this on here before, but it was ages ago so I’d like to share it again. It’s a poem I wrote and I would ramble on about it, but I’m going to let it speak for itself. Just remember….you are never alone ❤

What would you add to my list of ways we can all make a difference? Any thoughts to share? All my love xx

 

15 thoughts on “You Are Never Alone + 5 Ways We Can All Make A Difference

  1. fab post as always dear. those are some very good ideas. and I definitely remember that poem, omw, I LOVE it… so good! and indeed, great point, we need to come together to help one another and make a difference. thanks for the inspiring post sista! xx

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  2. You’re so right! We should all be there for each other- it’s so vital for everyone to be present, and I think that’s the most important way to show that you love someone ❤
    This is the first time I heard your poem, and… Gracie, I think there's something in my eyes, why did you have to be so poignant and expressive and earnest and it makes the tears flow like a river and the stars fly away~ oh my word.

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    • Yes, yes, yes, exactly!! ❤ Community and coming together benefits us all. Thanks so much lovely, it's so important for us all to be aware of the needs of those around us and to help where we can.

      And ah thank you ❤

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  3. something i’ve always wondered is how many of the people who say “you can talk to me” are actually informed and prepared for mental health issues and actually look them up? it’s definitely important to care, but it’s important to know too.

    and
    also

    “through no fault of her own, it is now too late.”

    *inhales*

    gracie…. i don’t know how you know how i feel, but you do. how? how do you know?
    thank you.

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    • Yes! Jo! I agree with you completely, that’s why I think it’s so important to do your research and know at least a little about what others are going through and how it affects them. Caring and empathy are so important, but so is educating yourself and knowing when to help someone get help from a person who’s more experienced and qualified. I do believe though that a simple and more immediate solution is people coming together and knowing that someone cares about you ❤ thank you so much for your thoughts ❤

      And JO THAT IS LITERALLY EXACTLY HOW I FEEL ABOUT YOUR WRITING TOO.

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