World Mental Health Day – 10 October – how are YOU really?

Finally people are starting to pay more attention to mental health and the fact that everyone is simply not “ok” and just needing to “get over it.” Over the last few months, the idea of mental health has been playing a much more prominent role in my life (I’ll get into more detail when I am able to for various reasons) and I am relieved that people are seeing that mental health is a real issue and becoming an increasingly important one worldwide.

We live in a society where “busy”-ness is valued and where people are so busy trying to get ahead that it’s often at their own expense- physically, mentally and emotionally. We need to take time to evaluate what’s important and ask whether we are ok. With moms in particular, we are so busy looking after everyone else that our own emotional state is often overlooked … by ourselves. I often tell people that you cannot charge others’ batteries from an empty power bank and Moms, we are often the power banks of our families and extended families.

Just an introductory piece, but looking forward into chatting more about this and mental health in particular.

Love and light,

Modern Mommy



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  1. Cassandra Davids
    Fri, 28 February 2020

    Hi Jo,
    Trust you are doing well.

    I have been living with Depression and Bi-Polar Mood Disorder for years now, but I must say that with the right medication and Doctors it is a manageable disease,
    I have a husband that understand, supports and lift me up when I really just need a time out from life itself.
    Even in the work place not everyone feel comfortable enough to tell their bosses or supervisors at the fear of being judged.

    I wish that everybody living with this disease can be open and honest about it and get the help that they need, but unfortunately our health system is a broken one, where mental health is not a real sickness but you should have your mind read.

    Many people still live in a world where living with Mental health is a shame or you are just completely of your rocket….

    Lots of Love
    Cassandra Davids

    • Fri, 17 July 2020

      Thanks so much for sharing your story and what a journey! Agreed – we need to have honest conversations about these topics!

  2. elmethra
    Fri, 01 May 2020

    I had my son after being diagnosed, working through (suffering), rehabbing myself, recovering to a high functioning schizophrenia state. It took me 5 years to get to a place where I was MAYBE ready to work again.

    I tried, i broke down. I took some time to re-evaluate. I only later realised that my family could have taken advantage of the state grants for disability but I thank GOD that they did not.

    Throughout the years since 2014, when I first got ill, I had tried, dabbled in and jotted doen many ideas. My projects, businesses, dreams. It was difficult since schizophrenia comes with disorganised thought.

    I have a huge testimony that is still unfolding about my road to Successful entrepreneur and whatever GOD called me for. But right now my 2 year old boy is a hand ful and I am grateful I am in this dilemna of being “stuck” at home, reaping generosity and enjoying the absolute rambunctious energy of this small man baby.

    I’m grateful for TIME, when this world is all about hustle, rat race, climbing the corporate ladder and fitting into it.

    I had a dream with you in it about a week ago. You had a baby girl. I needed help. You moved in and in themiddle of our space was a young and healthy tree.

    Here’s to making the best of the worst 🙂

    Thanks for your blog

    • Fri, 17 July 2020

      Elmethra, what an incredibly strong woman you are! Lots of love to you. xxxx

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