This article was originally posted on my blog at Money for the Average Girl.

Lately my news feed has been filled with posts about mental health issues, how people are failing because doctors and communities aren't doing enough, that the government should step up. How more education needs to be offered, and that friends and family need to offer more support. That those dealing with depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues can't just "get over it" or "suck it up" and be done with it. All very true. There's one part missing in the majority of what I'm seeing though, which is that those dealing with this issues need to stop whining and get it together. Before anyone jumps down my throat, please continue reading so that I can expand.

Growing up, my bedroom looked like a pharmacy because of all of the medications doctors had prescribed to me in order to "help" with my mental health issues. Some made me numb and made my friends call me a zombie, others caused allergic reactions. Some had side effects so bad that I was better off not taking them. Then there were those that seemed to help; I felt better, everything seemed stable and normal, and all was well. That is, until I didn't have them and realized that my body was now dependant. This wasn't a cure, it was a coverup. Make-up for bruises if you will.

It wasn't until I began really looking at myself and who I was, the triggers associated with my problems, and found an outlet for my feelings that I started realizing that there is a way to get better without having a vanity full of pill bottles. (Not a doctor. Some medications may be necessary depending on the diagnosed issue.) Focusing on me and improving on myself is what began to make me better on the inside, and allow me to be a better person on the outside.

This is what I'm getting at when I say stop whining and get it together. Yes, everything that I said in the first few sentences is true. We do need better support and education for those suffering with mental health issues. But nobody can fix us if we're not working to fix ourselves. This is the case in many areas outside of mental health, but is most important here. If you can't work to improve on who you are, then it doesn't matter if you have the best support system in the world, things will ultimately fail.

There is so much information out there on self improvement that there is something available for everyone. We're all different and different things will work for each individual. A good place to start may be Week 1; Look at Yourself. Don't cover it up, work to improve and get better.

I'll end on a quote that I've heard before, although not sure where it originated:

It will all be ok in the end. If it's not ok, it's not the end.

Published by Joss Hawk