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Maybe if people weren't too far up their own rear ends or have their heads buried in the sand of oblivion and took the time to understand instead of judging, thinking it won’t happen to them because they think they have the ‘perfect family’, then life would be that bit easier for people who experience this.

This rings very close to home for me. Not only myself but for family and friends. The days of ‘it’ being shut away and not talked about or even criticised should be over. Yes there are some that milk the system and others that don't know or understand how much help there is available. Then you get the ones that want nothing more than to be "rid" of the shadow.

In the most difficult moments of life you realize who are true friends and the people who really appreciate you 😊. Unfortunately, most friends will send you a "like", but in reality they do not actually take the time to read your status if they see it's lengthy. More than half will stop reading right here, or have already scrolled on to the next post in their feed.

I'm posting for anyone who has a friend or family member suffering a terrible mental illness.

Now I'm watching the ones who will have the time to read this post until the end. This is a little test, just to see who reads, and who shares without reading.

If you have read everything so far, reply "like" in the comments. Mental health awareness is needed, just because you can not see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there. People ARE suffering and even dying. Maybe it will even strike up a conversation from someone that wouldn't normally talk to you because they don't know much about it.

Please, in honour of a family member or a friend who is suffering or has passed away due to mental health, copy and paste this text onto your page.

But also try to spare a little of your time with someone who may just want to talk (about anything). Talking can help someone to cope a little better with their situation, keeping it bottled up just makes it worse.

Most people say, "if you need anything, don't hesitate to call me, I'll be there to help you". So, I'm going to make a bet that most who saw this post (maybe even read all the way to the end) won't, but I believe a select few of my friends will post this, to show their support for their family/friend who may be struggling.

I'd like to know who I can count on to take a minute out of their day and actually read my post then write "done" in the comments.

Then perhaps you could also copy and paste to your Facebook timeline.

Thanks,

Michelle