October, it’s my favourite month because of fall, but my least favourite month because of Halloween.
I know I know.. your probably someone who loves Halloween and is offended that I said it’s the worst .. BUT let me explain..
I’ve always struggled with this time of year, usually trying to avoid stores as Halloween creeps up and decorations start showing up. As someone who has and still does struggle with self harm, this time of year is particularly triggering.
Majority of people would never even think about the fact that it might be triggering for those with mental illness, and beyond self harm it’s hard on many other illnesses.. think about paranoia and even depression, Halloween has a lot of death and gore.
Now, I’m not saying I’m against Halloween or think it shouldn’t exist. I think the world needs to have fun and joy, things to be excited about.. I just wish there was a way to do it where those battling illness would not be harmed. I’m not sure that there is any great solution to this but if you know someone who struggles please reach out, if they seem bothered or upset about going to stores maybe consider the fact that it could be a triggering place for them.
If you are a Halloween lover and plan to share on social media I ask you to please give warnings and let people know if there will be mention or visuals of triggering content.
I hope you all have a safe and happy Halloween, and I hope for some this will help start a conversation as to supporting mental health while still enjoying Halloween.