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  • Writer's pictureCraig Field

Embracing Life with Mental Health Challenges: From Suffering to Living Part 1

Mental health is an essential part of our overall well-being, yet it's often shrouded in stigma and misunderstanding. For years, I grappled with depression, anxiety, and PTSD, viewing these conditions as insurmountable obstacles that I was doomed to suffer from indefinitely. However, a profound shift in my perspective changed everything: I began to see myself not as someone who suffers from these conditions, but as someone who lives with them. This subtle yet powerful change in mindset transformed my relationship with my mental health and, ultimately, my life.


Understanding the Shift


The phrase "I suffer from" implies a passive existence, a life dominated by uncontrollable forces. It paints a picture of constant pain and helplessness. On the other hand, "I live with" signifies an active engagement with one's circumstances. It acknowledges the presence of mental health challenges without allowing them to define or overshadow one’s existence.

In the next instalment I'll talk about when I began to recognize myself, and of acceptance. Acceptance is key to everything! Thanks for reading.

A note about the author: Craig Field (me) is not a trained counsellor or therapist. I do try to offer advice based on my own personal experience; however, you should always talk to a medical practitioner or qualified therapist to come up with a tailored plan to help with your illness. My knowledge comes from my own personal, lived experience and that of witnessing people close to me navigating the mental health system.These blog posts are not intended to replace your doctor or psychologist. 

Together we CAN make a difference!

If this post has brought up some difficult thoughts for you please seek help from your doctor or one of the services listed below. In an emergency dial 000.

13YARN 13 92 76

Blue Knot Helpline 1300 657 380

First Nations Support Line 1800 959 500

Headspace 1800 650 890

Mens Helpline 1300 789 978

Standby support after suicide 1300 727 247

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