This is not the face of someone who would have a full on mental breakdown, just two months later. This is the face of a happy and content Mum. This is not the face of someone who would be sectioned against their will and sent to a psychiatric ward. This is the face of a person who loves freedom. This is not the face of someone who would be so traumatised, that their mind would go to the darkest of places. This is the face of a positive person who loves life. This is not the face of someone who would become so paranoid that she feared those closest to her would try and poison her. This is the face of someone who loves and trusts her family. This is not the face of someone who would feel so much confusion, fear and shame, it would be hard to get out of bed. This is the face of a young woman, who is proud of who she is. This is not the face of a person who feels like they are out of body, having lost touch with ‘reality’. This is the face of a calm and grounded girl.
Any face can change. Sometimes gradually and slowly. Sometimes overnight. Look out for your loved ones. Protect your sleep. Never take your mental or spiritual health for granted. Judge less and love more.
I’m so thankful to have my face back.
Today my blog turns 5 years old. I’ll always celebrate that because it’s got so many people around the world opening up about their own battles and when we do so, something magic happens. We start to remove the man made BULL which is shame and stigma. Then our energy shifts. My vision has always been simple, to chip away at stigma and misunderstandings around our minds. To normalise the ‘hard conversations’. A simple vision but at times the hardest job in the world. I’m thankful for all the lessons and amazing people I have met and will continue to meet. A million thanks for all the support
Jojo Fraser is an award winning author, coach, podcaster and motivational speaker. She has been a mental health researcher for the past 6 years and helps to empower, motivate and uplift the leaders she works with. She is known for her straight talking and bold approach. Her mission is simple – to normalise what many see as ‘the hard’ conversations and in breaking the stigma, save many lives. She will be giving her first TEDx talk this month and is also available for acting roles (show reels available).