World Mental Health Day 2023: Breaking the Silence, Breaking the Cycles

World Mental Health Day 2023: Breaking the Silence, Breaking the Cycles

Today, October 10, marks World Mental Health Day, a global observance dedicated to raising awareness about mental health and advocating for its importance in our lives. As we reflect on this day, I can't help but be reminded of my own journey as a mental health advocate for the past 15 years. Born in 1980 in a conservative town, I have fought a long battle to make mental health a priority in life. It has been disheartening to witness the lack of understanding and the consequences that come with it. Many individuals refused to listen or seek therapy, and tragically, some did not survive. Whether it was through suicide, addiction, or declining physical health, they fell victim to the stigma surrounding mental health. It is now more crucial than ever to become self-aware, break generational cycles, and prioritize our mental well-being.

Understanding Mental Health:

Having personally battled mental health challenges, I initially believed there was something inherently wrong with me. However, I later realized that my struggles were deeply rooted in a lifetime of abuse and the toxic patterns that were perpetuated by those around me. It became evident that mental health is not separate from physical health; rather, the two are intimately interconnected. Instead of solely relying on external fixes, we must embark on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth.

The Importance of Professional Diagnosis:

It is vital to emphasize the significance of seeking professional medical advice and diagnosis when it comes to mental health conditions. Self-diagnosis can sometimes lead to confusion and misinterpretation. In my own experience, I had initially self-diagnosed after a suggestion from an unqualified individual, due to a lack of accessible resources and the influence of an older, religious doctor from a different country. This doctor, who had previously worked in a jail, prescribed me 1000 mg of Seroquel, a medication typically prescribed for bipolar disorder. However, upon consulting with a doctor recently, I received a proper evaluation that confirmed I am not bipolar.

Breaking Generational Cycles:

One of the most significant challenges in addressing mental health is breaking generational cycles. The people we bring into our lives often mirror the behaviours we were taught by our families. This cycle of abuse and neglect perpetuates a damaging pattern that affects our mental well-being. I have personally lost everything and everyone due to these destructive cycles, and I continue to fight this battle alone. However, I find solace in being part of a growing wave where people turn to me for help regarding mental health.

Compassion Fatigue and the Importance of Seeking Help:

Being at the forefront of the mental health movement has its rewards, but it also comes with its challenges. Compassion fatigue is a real concern that can arise when advocating tirelessly for others. It is crucial for everyone, especially men from my generation, to recognize the signs of mental health struggles and seek professional help. Partners may express concern or appear to nag, but their intentions are grounded in genuine care and a desire for positive change. Understanding ourselves and breaking the barriers imposed by societal expectations is the first step toward breaking the chains of outdated norms.

The Ongoing Journey:

The fight for mental health is an ongoing process that requires daily commitment. We must collectively address the deep-rooted issues that plague our society and prioritize mental well-being as the number one change we need. As we continue to shatter stigmas and challenge outdated norms, let us remember the importance of mental health for every individual around the world.


On this World Mental Health Day, let us come together to break the silence surrounding mental health. It is time to shatter the stigma, support one another, and work towards a future where mental well-being is a priority. By becoming self-aware, breaking generational cycles, and seeking help when needed from qualified healthcare professionals, we can pave the way for a healthier and more compassionate world. Remember, the journey towards mental health is never-ending, but it is a journey worth embarking on each and every day.

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