Mental illness doesn't just affect the person living with it. Family and friends see the individual suffering and often feel powerless and frustrated. Close to 20 per cent of Americans suffer from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and other mental disorders.
Many suffer quietly from fear of the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness. Consequently, less than half of those affected ever seek treatment. Struggling with everyday things like work, relationships, and even doing fun things turn into an increasingly difficult task for many.
A husband saw how much his wife was feeling overwhelmed. Despite wanting to share the joys of being a newlywed, she was having a hard time juggling all the things in her life at the moment. He didn’t know what he was supposed to do to make her feel she was not alone. So he chose to give her a little reminder to lift her spirits even if it was just temporary.
Nearly 1 in 5 Americans suffer from mental illness every year.
Almost 9 million adults experience “serious mental illness” where it impedes their ability to work and juggle everyday activities.
One husband wrote a list of all the wonderful things about his wife.
He wanted to remind her all the wonderful things that he loves and admires about her.
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The Reddit user "mollywho" shared the photo online of her husband's kind words.
The newlywed said these words did not “cure” her but made her realize she is not alone.
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The 15 reasons this husband loves his wife.
- She is my best friend
- She never quits on herself or me
- She gives me time to work on my crazy projects
- She makes me laugh, everyday
- She is gorgeous
- She accepts the crazy person i am
- She's the kindest person i know
- She's got a beautiful singing voice
- She's gone to a strip club with me
- She has experienced severe tragedy yet is the most optimistic person about humanity i know
- She has been fully supportive about my career choices and followed me each time
- Without realizing it, she makes me want to do more for her than i have ever wanted to do for anyone
- She's done an amazing job at advancing her career path
- Small animals make her cry
- She snorts when she laughs
The woman shared what her husband's encouraging words meant to her.
I've been juggling a LOT lately. Trying to do well at work. Just got married. Couldn't afford a wedding. Family is sparse. Falling out with friends, yaddadyadda. But, the thing is, amidst all the struggle, my husband has relentlessly tried to cheer me up. I've not been the easiest person to deal with. In fact, sometimes I've lost all hope and even taken my frustration out on my new husband. But he somehow forgives me every time. I have a long journey ahead of me, and I know he probably realizes I'm depressed. But he holds my hand, and he tries his best. Today when I came home from a trip to SF, I flopped onto my bed in tears. I looked to my left, and saw these words painted all across my mirror. I think he wanted me to remember how much he loves me. Because he knows how quickly I forget. He knows I struggle to see good in the world, and especially the good in myself. But here it is. A testament and gesture of his love. Damn, I needed it today…
I'm not saying mental illness is cured by nice words on a mirror. In fact, it takes professional care, love, empathy, sometimes even medication just to cope. Many people struggle with it mental illness – more than we probably even realize. And instead of showing them hate or anger when they act out. Show them kindness and remind them things can and WILL get better. Everyone needs a little help sometimes. If that person can't be you – see if you have any resources for therapy.
EDIT: The thing is… I am not "too good" or "not good enough" for my husband. We all have our down days. And sometimes we don't handle it well. BUT, we are partners. He is here for me when I'm down. And I cherish that. And he has his down days, too. And I will be there to hold his hand, just like he holds mine. Life can be hard. The answer is never to mock, scoff, or belittle someone. Be kind. Be the best version of yourself. And be most of all- be patient.
I'm still struggling, but I'm glad I have my other half to help me make it through. It may just be a few words on my mirror, but I'll look at them when I wake up and know I'm not alone. I'll know I have my bestfriend, my co-pilot in life to help guide me through.
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