Tomorrow is World Metal Health day so I wanted to take a minute just to raise awareness for that. At work we are wearing a ‘touch of yellow’ in order to highlight this as there are growing numbers of young people in schools who are managing with mental health issues. Since joining the wonderful world of Domination and submission I have made loads of amazing friends but I have been surprised by the numbers of those who are managing, or who have managed, mental health issues of some sort. Clearly I do not believe that there is a link between D/s and mental health issues, quite the opposite in fact. In reality a large number of the people who I have spoken to actually feel that the D/s has helped them to manage their difficulties in a positive way.
Good emotional and mental health is something that can be a real struggle in today’s fast paced, high demand society and I think that anything that allows you to think and feel positively is going to be a helpful tool. I have seen articles written about D/s and managing anxiety, D/s and managing depression and D/s and positive body image to name but a few. I have also spoken to victims of sexual assault who have found that it has helped them to recover and to move forward from what happened to them, so really I wanted to take the time to highlight the positives that a Dominant and submissive lifestyle can have on managing mental health.
I think that whether we have experienced a mental health issue or not, we can all understand the stigma that being ‘different’ can place upon us. We have probably all felt misunderstood and a lack of acceptance at some point in time and I feel that in finding this community and these friends I have found a place which is accepting and empathetic to the differing wants and needs of others. I think that is partly the reason why people here feel able to be more open and honest about the sort of emotional issues that they encounter and that has to be a huge positive. So happy Mental Health Day for tomorrow – say Hello Yellow!