This month, back in 1889, one hundred years before I was born, the man on the thumbnail of this post checked into a mental health ward on his own because he was struggling. It was during his time at this ward, a month after he arrived there in fact, where he would go on to paint arguably his most famous work: The Starry Night.
So I ask you all, was this man, Vincent Van Gogh, a genius... or a deeply troubled individual?
It's National Mental Health Month here in the country where I reside, and I am confessing to you all here for the first time, I too have had my fair share of challenges with my mental health.
My difficulty has been very similar to that of Gogh: how do people like us make sense of a world that well... sometimes doesn't quite make much sense?
Simply put? We must communicate.
Whether through our art, or just by speaking to a trusted individual (or individuals), putting ourselves out into the world and, more importantly, allowing ourselves to be vulnerable in how we do that can ultimately help us achieve anything we want to do.
If you too are dealing with mental health issues, please know, that I am always here for you.
If you want to talk about something that's bothering you, please reach out to me on any of my social media platforms.
I may not always be able to respond to you, but I will always make sure you get the help you need.
After all, wouldn't humanity's collective mental health be much better if we all looked out for each other a little bit more?
I think so.