Sharing a story on Inner Peace, BHSF’s new community hub, was found to be an “immeasurable” form of therapy.
Inner Peace is a free online platform which allows users to share their experiences and mental health journeys. It was launched earlier this month to coincide with World Mental Health Day.
And one contributor, who would like to remain anonymous, was fulsome in her praise of this cathartic podium.
“I can’t recommend it highly enough,” she said.
“Sharing is therapeutic. At first it can be hard but the support you receive afterwards and the relief you feel from unloading is immeasurable.”
The user wanted to detail her feelings and emotions after suffering the heartbreak of a miscarriage. She believed her story could help other people in the same situation.
“I initially shared my story to try and encourage others to share theirs,” she said. “However, it turned into a great form of therapy for me as well.
“Talking about the miscarriage helped me deal with my emotions and I found that the more I talked about it, the easier it became to talk about it.
“Too many people, men as well as women, often keep this to themselves and feel somewhat ashamed or embarrassed to share. Sadly, too many people feel like a miscarriage is somehow their fault.
“Miscarriage is still such a taboo subject. I wanted to share some facts I’d learned as well as the emotions I went through, to try and help anyone else who was also going through the same experience.”
BHSF want people to open up on Inner Peace, to let us know what they’re going through, let us know how they’re coping and whether they have any tips they’d like to offer.
Sharing survival stories could be a way of giving hope to someone else. Inner Peace is a place where people can drop in from time to time, read the stories and realise they are not alone.
“It’s not an easy experience to share,” added BHSF’s anonymous contributor.
“Some people don’t know how to share for fear of being shamed or being labelled an attention-seeker. Luckily for me, the people I shared with were amazingly supportive and I definitely found it to be a cathartic experience.
“I started by just wanting to share my story but once I started unloading, I felt myself getting carried away – once I’d finished typing I definitely felt better for it.”
She added: “I have read some of the other stories, and all of these people are amazing. To go through what some of these people have been through, and to still present themselves with a smile on their face is nothing short of incredible.
“It is fantastic to have this platform for people to share and be heard.”