Hello Imperial Gaming,
I was and still am very reluctant to make this post because I feel like it is far too personal and difficult to understand for many of you who haven't really been around it before in your life. But as I write this sentence, I realise that you eventually will be around people (if you aren't already) who struggle with mental health or don't understand it properly. Nonetheless, I'd like to jump in to the post before I end up deleting it and not posting it for the sixth or seventh time this Month.
Mental health is something many struggle with, particularly young men between the ages of 13 - 25 (essentially our entire playerbase) because as much as it is becoming more and more widely accepted it is something that is still taboo subconsciously and is hard for men especially to talk about because we're expected to man up and be tough. Something that not many people know is that in Australia suicide is the biggest killer of people aged between 15 - 44 with Males 3x more likely to take their own life and 5x more likely to attempt to. Now, this doesn't mean that Men experience more issues than Women, it is just that it is harder for Men to talk about it with their friends and family because of the 'man up' stigma that surrounds mental health with Men. This is not to say that Women should be ignored either, in every 100,000 people 5.7 women take their own lives as well. It is an epidemic and something we need to speak about with each other.
As someone who as recently attempted to take my own life in early September of this year (which is the first I'm mentioning it in the public light). I wanted to make this post to tell people that as much as I'm still trying to wrap my head around how much I hate myself and who I am as a person, it does get better, slowly. It is ok not to be ok, and if you're ok, its fine, but I implore everyone to make sure the people around them are ok, even if you don't like them, there are some within the community I know who do not like me, as well as people that I'm not too fond of myself, but I do not wish harm on anyone within our community and our 'family' of sorts.
To the person reading this, I hope you are ok. It is mental health Month and if you're not, now is the perfect time to seek help from a professional. I love you, no matter who you are or the relationship we've had in the past.
Stay safe, happy and healthy.
This was very hard for me to post because it is very near and dear to me, I'd appreciate it if people took the post seriously and genuinely made sure others around them are ok.