What’s up everyone? My name is Braedan Myers, and this is my mental health story. I know that most people that share their stories talk about the moments when they realized they were battling different mental health struggles. My story actually covers another very important process of the mental health battle, being the support system.
I will never forget one day in the summer of 2018, I walked into my bedroom and noticed a letter on my floor. It was a suicide note. I was overwhelmed with questions and emotions. My heart started racing. “What is going on?” “How did I not notice one of my best friend’s mental health deteriorating?” But the most important question that came into my mind was, “how could I not be there for my guy?” But we all knew that this would never happen again under our watch.
We learned that he had checked himself into a mental health institute, and we immediately drove to visit. I’ll never forget seeing the big cheesy smile he had on your face when we walked through the door. It was genuine, we could see every tooth lol. You could tell it really mattered to him that his boys had his back in your time of need, and we assured him that we would be by your side every step of the way. Whether that be us reminding him to take the advice of his doctor, or something as simple as going to Cold Stone with him because he needed something to help him take your mind off what was going through his head.
Having even a couple people that you trust and can turn to can help you manage everyday challenges. One thing that We Can hangs its hat on is that you are never alone, and if you have a strong support system, you truly are not alone. You do not have to battle by yourself. Having a strong support system can combat social isolation and loneliness, which can put you at a higher risk for physical and mental health issues. Everyone’s support system will look different. They can be anywhere from one to 10 people and can include many different people that have had an impact on your life. It truly does take a village to conquer something this big, and you never know what someone may be going through. So, make sure you are checking in on the people you love when you get the chance. It truly does mean the world to someone knowing they do not have to go it alone. And sometimes, that’s all it takes to get someone to believe that brighter days are ahead.”