As a senior, I’m frequently asked what I want to do after I graduate, and even though I don’t know the answer yet, this project has really got me thinking about my passion for mental health and writing. If I look back, I can see how these two seemingly distant disciplines have always walked hand in hand in my life. When I was an adolescent, I started writing because of my struggles with mental health. Writing was my only outlet and my first form of therapy. Writing about my struggles has helped me finding a way out of my pain and a way into myself. Even though I’m in a much better place with my mental health today, writing on my journal is still one of my favorite things. Whenever something happens in my life, I feel that impulse to grab a pen, open my journal and write. Writing is so important to me that if I was sent to a desert island and I could only take one object with me, I will definitely take my journal (and a pen obviously – I know, that’s two objects, but they can’t go alone).
With this project, I was able, once again, to write about mental health. But this time I used writing to help other people rather than myself. This morning, I realized how much this matters to me and even though I’m almost done with the project, I don’t want this to be the last time I write about mental health to help others. I don’t know what my future job will look like yet, but I do want both writing and mental health to be parts of it.