It's completely normal to not feel 100% mentally balanced all of the time, hell some people lead very regular lives and feel mostly mentally unwell a lot of the time, it's just not something that a lot of people feel comfortable about proclaiming to the world, because no-one really wants to appear like they haven't got their shit together. However, letting pride dictate how we deal with our mental health issues is archaic and unproductive to societal wellness and we really need to strive to move away from that outdated and counterproductive mindset. We all really need to know, that it is totally okay to not feel okay all of the time.
As time rolls on and the methods of researching mental health improve, we are learning how to diagnose, treat and support each with our mental wellness; the old school shame and stigma that was attached to mental health is now being shed and people are feeling more comfortable to come forward, share their stories and be honest about how they are feeling, and in turn receive better support than they ever have been able to before.
It is a brave new world when it comes to mental health. Gone are the days of closet depression and hidden anxieties as people are now learning to recognize and own their individual mental wellness levels. More people than ever before are seeking treatment and support and we are slowly but surely learning tolerance, detection, prevention and intervention that will definitely set us up for a brighter future together in the coming years.
And the real work surrounding mental wellness is something that we need to be vigilant about every day. Each of us must make an effort to recognize the signs within ourselves that tell us when our levy has run dry or we have met our own personal limits. And those limits are unique for everyone, and we must respect that and support that understanding. We must become ninjas at recognizing when we are at the top of our game and when we may be feeling weak. When we are at our peak, we have an obligation to assist those that may be feeling weak, and when we are weak we need to feel safe and secure enough to seek support from the strong. We all owe it to each other to be tolerant, supportive and unwavering in our commitment to our own mental health and our support of the wellness of others.
R U OK? Day is coming up on Thursday September 13th, which is a national day dedicated to reminding us that we need to check in with each other and support each other with mental wellness. Don't forget to check in with your friends, family, work colleagues and community on that day, and every other day that you can when you are feeling strong enough to support the wellbeing of others. Mental health is the responsibility of us all and it's not something that we can ever afford to ignore.
Release Date: 2018
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 98 mins
An intriguing psychological thriller from director Steven Soderbergh that was created in secret and shot entirely on an iPhone 7 Plus. Since premiering at the Berlin International Film Festival, Unsane has been successfully making us all feel like we are just a bunch of untalented hacks! When a director can produce something this good with just an iPhone 7, you have to be impressed, and I am sure that we are now going to see a string of movies shot in the same fashion, all struggling to match up to this first impressive effort.
Sawyer Valentini has been wrestling with her mental wellness after being relentlessly pursued by a stalker. She makes an appointment with a counselor at the Highland Creek Behavioural Centre and unknowingly commits herself to being admitted. Sawyer believes that her stalker is working at the facility in an attempt to get closer to her, which escalates her counselor's desire to extend her stay.
Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard and Juno Temple star in this mysterious tale, and although it's not the best thriller that I have ever seen, it certainly kept me interested and I couldn't help admiring how much an iPhone managed to enhance the overall effect and claustrophobic feeling of the movie.
FINAL SAY: I'm not fucking crazy!
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