This Is Me

Everyone has had a song which has made them feel empowered right?

Well recently I came across a song which I am sure you have all heard of… This is me – The greatest Showman soundtrack and this is a song which has really empowered me and allowed me some time to think.

I can hear you some of you thinking… it’s just a song don’t be silly! Well you couldn’t be more wrong. The lyrics really do empower me and allow me to really accept me for me at that moment in time. It does stay with me for a little while just not all day unfortunately.

As soon as the song starts you get the lyrics “I am no stranger of the dark, Hideaway, they say ‘Cause we don’t want you broken parts. I have learned to be ashamed of all my scars. Run away, they say, No one will love you as you are” This is something I can highly relate to being someone who suffers with mental health I have always been embarrassed and never want to mention this to people and I think with the society we do live in there is such a stigma which means that we start to feel that we are ‘damaged goods’. I find it hard to mention to new people that I am someone who does suffer. As times go on we become good at hiding away and being on our own with our troubles and this should never be the case. It is far too dangerous for our health to hideaway from in the dark, but that’s what it is it all dark and we need to try and bring some light into that space. This can be done by speaking to someone and helping bring you out of the dark space.

The first part of the song I think a lot of us suffering can relate to. We shouldn’t be the ones hiding, as we should never be ashamed of our troubles. We all go through hard times and this does not make us weak, if anything we are stronger for actually speaking out and talking to someone about these issues. Remember, you are a lot stronger than you believe, you are loved and someone will accept you for who you are.

 We all have broken parts, it might be that some people don’t seem to have any broken parts but I can tell you now most us have ‘broken parts’ it is part of being a human being. People just don’t like to show them to us as they feel ashamed, just like we can be about our mental health.

This song has so many depths to it. As the song goes on it shows are we should be proud of all of our ‘damaged’ parts. The lyrics just speak for themselves “I wont let them break me down to dust, I know that there’s a place for us for we are glorious. When the sharpest words wanna cut me down I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown ’em out. I am brave. I am bruised. I am who I am meant to be. This is me!

This song encourages us to be proud of every single part of us. If you are having a moment where you’re doubting yourself or feeling a little late then make sure you go and have a moment to listen to this song, as you are in charge of your own happiness and if you don’t believe in yourself then how can you expect anyone else to believe in you. Mental health can strip you of your identity if you let it, don’t let it, it is just a little part of you but it is not who you are!

This songs reminds you to celebrate all the little things that make you, YOU!

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Girls on the Edge

Recently at work we had a huge push on mental health and trying to make sure the team members understand the impact. When talking about how we can raise awareness one of the girls mentioned a programme I hadn’t seen called ‘Girls on the Edge’ which has been on BBC2. She had explained how enlightening this was for her and his she had really got to see how mental health can impact people.

Of course I had to watch it!

So I made sure I had some time set aside to give the programme a watch and well it really pulled on my heart strings and reminded me of when I wasn’t well. The programme speaks to the 3 girls going through the mental health programme and also their families… it is definitely something which allowed to see the impact mental health not only has on those suffering but those around suffering.

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One of the parents mentioned how that to the outside world his daughter looked fine because she doesn’t have a physical illness she isn’t on crutches or her arm isn’t in plaster. But she is still a very poorly girl! It shows how many of us can look at a person and judge without even knowing the circumstances of that person.

For me the programme highlighted how much we need to change as a society to accept mental health like we accept other illnesses. We are allowing people to suffer in silence, showing it’s acceptable to suffer in silence, showing it’s acceptable to suffer in silence because it’s not physical. Hopefully this programme will have been watched by people to show how much of an impact this can have on people… it doesn’t matter where you come from, your age or even your gender. Mental health can affect any single one of us!

I would highly recommend watching the programme as it has really opened my eyes, even being someone who suffers with mental health. However, this would be brilliant programme to watch if you don’t understand mental health or if you have someone going through this illness.


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