On Saturday the 10th of October is #WorldMentalHealthDay and we're asking people to be kind to themselves and to reach out for help if you need it. Today, Daniela shares her experiences with us and of her pathway to recovery. My name Daniela, I am 23-years-old and I have been struggling with anxiety, suicidal thoughts and self-harm since I was a child.
I had a difficult childhood in an unstable environment so I developed self-injurious behaviours and several suicide attempts in my early teens. I often felt like my emotions were overflowing and controlling and were very difficult to deal with because of their intensity.
At the age of 16, I started DBT therapy when I was later diagnosed with BPD and started group and individual therapies, which helped me to overcome an eating disorder and an event of rape and violence by a former partner.
When I was 19, I moved to Madrid, starting a new chapter away from my family, but I still felt unstable and unable to regulate my emotions so I fell back into self-destructive and self-harming attitudes.
This year 2020 during the many confinements, I decided to turn my life around and I looked for professional help and I found The Mind's Well organisation. I started individual therapy with Maria, the founder, and group therapy together with Kerry, who works for The Mind’s Well, and a group of wonderful girls that I dare say are my sisters now.
I have noticed an incredible change in my management of emotions and in my way of seeing life with BPD, breaking the stigma and valuing myself more every day. I am incredibly grateful to The Mind's Well for welcoming me and working alongside me day-by-day to overcome the wounds of so many years, to overcome the trauma and beliefs that come with pain.
Currently I have been two years without self-harm and I strive daily to continue growing and regulating my emotions better every day. It is not an easy journey, but when you do it in the hands of people who believe in you and support you in a genuine and pure way, the road to recovery is much easier. I am very grateful to be on this journey, even if there are difficult days, I have full confidence in my inner strength to keep moving forward despite the difficult situations and intense emotions. I have a lot of love to give and life with sensitivity is a really beautiful life when you look at it that way.
If you do just one thing on World Mental Health Day – be kind to yourself and reach out for help. The Mind’s Well provides a community-based approach to mental health for all. For latest information on peer led support services, events and training for individuals and professionals alike. Email us today on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07904885305 for more information.