About a week ago, 22-year-old Amber Smith uploaded these two pictures to Facebook, since then this post has been shared more than 33 THOUSAND times. She says “Top picture: What I showcase to the world via social media. Dressed up, make up done, filters galore. The ‘normal’ side to me.” “Bottom picture: Taken tonight shortly after suffering from a panic attack because of my anxiety. Also the ‘normal’ side to me that most people don’t see.”
Amber goes on to talk about how she is sick of the stigma around mental health.
“It disgusts me that so many people are so uneducated and judgmental over the topic. They say that 1 in 3 people will suffer with a mental illness at some point in their life. 1 in 3! Do you know how many people that equates to worldwide?! And yet I’ve been battling with anxiety and depression for years and years and there’s still people that make comments like ‘you’ll get over it’, ‘you don’t need tablets, just be happier’, ‘you’re too young to suffer with that'”
You can read her whole post here
I want to say thank you to Amber for being so brave and sharing these pictures and her feelings. There are a few people in my life that have anxiety/depression/panic attacks and most of them want to keep it silent. They don’t want to talk about it, they don’t want anybody to know what they’re going through. If you’re going through this, the best thing you can do is talk to someone about it. You can find help in Edmonton here