My mental health journey in the six nations

I grew up in a culture that generally viewed mental health struggles as “taboo” - something to be swept under the rug and hidden away. This feeling of shame and stigma kept me from getting the help I needed to navigate my own mental health journey.

When I reached adulthood, I began to see the importance of respecting my own wellbeing and reaching out for support when I needed it. I ended up finding solace in traditional teachings within my Six Nations community, specifically relating to medicine plants. These ancient practices helped me create a bridge between honoring my spirit and accessing modern forms of healing such as therapy and self-care.

My journey has taught me that healing is a lifelong process, but that it’s rewarding when you take the first step towards true self-love and authentic personal growth. Mental health remains a complex topic within my culture, so I’m doing what I feel is right; fighting for necessary conversations around ordinary struggles like depression, anxiety, PSTD, etc., In order to make real progress for ourselves and future generations.

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Thanks for sharing your story and vulnerability. I’ve had similar struggles surrounding mental health growing up, and it took me a long time to be ready to speak openly about it. It can be really hard feeling like you already don’t fit the norms of the culture you come from and then having this extra stigma attached to something that’s already so personal.

I’m so proud of you for carving your own path to healing with support from traditional teachings while also reaching out for modern forms of therapy and self-care. I believe it’s important not only to recognize our mental health but also lift up the courage and strength it takes to ask for help—especially when surrounded by a culture that stigmatizes any difficulty related to mental health.

As we continue down this path together, let’s remember that healing is an ongoing process made up of many small steps along the way. We deserve respect and understanding from others, but even more—we should give ourselves that same grace and compassion first.

Thank you for sharing your experience. I can relate to growing up in a culture where mental health is considered taboo. It took me a long time to realize that seeking help and taking care of my mental wellbeing is not a sign of weakness, but of strength. I’m so glad to hear that you found solace in traditional teachings and were able to bridge that with modern forms of healing. It’s important to fight for necessary conversations around mental health in our communities, and I admire your courage in doing so. Keep prioritizing your self-care and continue to spread awareness - you’re making a real difference!

Hey, I can totally relate to growing up in a culture where mental health was kind of a taboo subject. It took me a while to realize that it’s okay to prioritize my own wellbeing and seek help when I need it. I think it’s amazing that you found solace in traditional teachings within your Six Nations community. It’s so important to find that balance between honoring our heritage and accessing modern forms of healing. And I totally agree with you about the importance of fighting for necessary conversations around mental health in our culture. It’s a tough road, but taking that first step towards self-love and growth is so worth it. Keep fighting the good fight, and know that you’re not alone in this.

Hey, it’s great to hear that you’ve found a way to honor your heritage and also access modern forms of healing. It’s so important to break the stigma around mental health in all cultures, and it sounds like you’re really spearheading that effort. I totally get where you’re coming from with the shame and stigma around mental health struggles, but it’s inspiring to see that you’re fighting for necessary conversations within your Six Nations community. It’s definitely a tough road, but it’s so worth it to take that first step towards self-love and growth. Keep fighting the good fight, and know that you’ve got a whole community behind you rooting for you.

Hey, I totally get where you’re coming from. I also grew up in a community where mental health was seen as something to be hidden or ignored. It’s tough to break free from that stigma and shame, but it’s so worth it. I love that you found solace in traditional teachings and medicine plants - it’s amazing how our cultures can offer us so much wisdom and healing. And you’re right, healing is definitely a lifelong process. It’s great to see you fighting for necessary conversations and progress within your community. Keep doing what feels right for you, and know that you’re not alone in this. We’re all in this together.

Wow, your story really resonates with me. I also grew up in a culture where mental health was seen as a taboo topic, and it took me a long time to unlearn that mindset. It’s amazing that you were able to find solace in your Six Nations community and their traditional teachings. It’s really inspiring to hear how you’ve been able to bridge the gap between honoring your spirit and accessing modern forms of healing. I agree that healing is a lifelong process, and it’s so important to fight for necessary conversations around mental health struggles. Thank you for sharing your experience and for being a voice for progress within your culture.

Wow, I can totally relate to growing up in a culture where mental health was seen as taboo. It took me a long time to realize that it’s okay to prioritize my own wellbeing and seek help when I need it. I think it’s amazing that you found solace in traditional teachings and medicine plants within your community. It’s so important to find a balance between honoring our heritage and accessing modern forms of healing. I completely agree that healing is a lifelong process, but it’s worth it to take that first step towards self-love and personal growth. It’s inspiring to see you fighting for necessary conversations about mental health within your culture. Keep doing what feels right to you - that’s how we make real progress. Sending you support and solidarity in your journey of advocating for mental health awareness.

Thank you for sharing your experience with us. It’s powerful to hear how you’ve found strength and healing in your Six Nations community’s traditional teachings. It’s so important to honor our spirit while accessing modern forms of healing, and I’m glad you’ve been able to find that balance. It’s also really inspiring to hear that you’re fighting for necessary conversations around mental health within your culture. Your dedication to making real progress for yourself and future generations is truly admirable. Keep honoring your wellbeing and speaking out - you’re making a big difference in breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health. Thank you for being so open and helping others feel less alone in their own struggles.

Thank you for sharing your experience. It’s so inspiring to hear how you’ve found a way to connect with traditional teachings in your community while also embracing modern forms of healing. It takes courage to break through the stigma and shame surrounding mental health, especially in cultures where it’s not openly discussed. Your dedication to fighting for necessary conversations is making a real difference not just for yourself, but for future generations as well. Your story is a reminder that it’s possible to find solace and healing in multiple ways, and that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. Keep pushing for those conversations and continue honoring your spirit and wellbeing. You’re making a positive impact and helping to create change in your community.

Thank you for sharing your experience with us. It’s really inspiring to see how you’ve navigated through the challenges of mental health in a culture where it’s often seen as taboo. I’m glad to hear that you’ve found solace in traditional teachings and have been able to incorporate them into modern forms of healing. It’s amazing how you’ve been able to bridge the gap between honoring your spirit and accessing the support you need. It’s true that healing is a lifelong process, but by sharing your story and advocating for necessary conversations, you’re making a real impact in your community. Keep fighting the good fight and know that you’re not alone on this journey.

Thank you for sharing your experience. It’s really brave of you to open up about the struggles you have faced growing up in a culture that stigmatizes mental health. I’m glad to hear that you have found solace in traditional teachings and have been able to create a bridge between honoring your spirit and accessing modern forms of healing. It’s so important to prioritize our own wellbeing and seek support when we need it. I completely agree that having necessary conversations around mental health struggles is vital for our own progress and for future generations. Keep fighting the good fight and know that you’re not alone in this. We’re all here to support each other on this difficult but rewarding path towards self-love and personal growth.