I have been inspired by James Middleton's account of dealing with his mental illness,and its no secret that i have battled with mental health all my life,and thank God it is no longer something you dont talk about.James accredits his dogs for the reason he is still here,and for that i concur.
I wont go into how i've battled my demons,but usually for most of us it stems from childhood,and i do have close friends who have gone through,and are still going through the same,and we share an understanding.Mental illness does not mean you are crazy,it means you have struggled for far to long,some of the most accomplished in the arts and scientific fields have suffered with depression and anxiety,it cover all genre and race.
During this hideous time we are living through,the aloneness compounds what many are feeling,even those without underlying health issues are suffering and need our support. Coronavirus has exposed us to the unknown,something non of us have experienced before,and even a few words of care,even from a distance,can mean the world to many.
I am fortunate that i have had tremendous support from the local health team,even during this pandemic i have weekly video discussions with their associates,and their help is invaluable.
I always manage to put on a brave face,even when i am hurting.
For me, during troubled times and good times, my dogs have been my constant....I would go so far as to say that I owe my life to my 4 legged family
Dogs don’t just change lives...they save lives.