I have a wonderful life!
Yet that hasn’t prevented me from going through episodes of depression and anxiety.
I am blessed to live in a New Zealand, a country where the lifestyle is hard to beat. Also I have the fantastic support of my husband, family, work colleagues and friends.
So what can I do to help those who aren’t as fortunate? Why do I get to enjoy the huge benefits of being born in New Zealand while so many people around the world live in poverty, lack human rights or live in zones of war or conflict?
I often work with refugees who are given no choice but to come to New Zealand. They have no choice about where they will live for the rest of their lives and are often separated from close family. I know that this causes them to suffer from similar mental health issues.
But the suffering and despair experienced by so many people in the world is difficult to equate to my own periods of difficulty. I really wonder how these people cope?
Mental health conditions (e.g.depression, bi-polar, and schizophrenia) have no prejudice for situation, location or wealth. Just as cancer or other physical illnesses show little discrimination for whom they affect.
Depression does not care that I have this great life..
…or that someone else has a really difficult life.
My response is to what I can to help others to have better lives.
That’s why my personal mission is to: Help others succeed through the creative use of my energies. It’s that simple.