Mental illness has always been a sensitive topic, and, in a way, it has been a taboo in society. A discussion about physical ailments is acceptable; however, any conversation regarding your mental health must be done behind closed doors. Slowly but surely, this mindset is changing; unfortunately, the pace of this change is quite slow. Natasha Simon has done a commendable job of sharing this aspect of her life in My Story Isn’t Over. She struggles with depression, suicidal thoughts, panic attacks, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and many other medical conditions. By revealing the impact of these conditions on various aspects of her life, she has provided much-needed insight into the mind and thought-process of a person suffering from mental illness.
On her low days (or moments), she often considered committing suicide; however, the unconditional love of her family prevented her from taking her own life. A simple punctuation mark of a semi-colon worked as a lifesaver for Natasha. This symbol made her realize that her story wasn’t over. Although she has her own demons to slay, she actively helps others fight their issues. She feels very strongly about suicide-prevention programs and bullying. Other than that she has been working in several support groups. She has rough days when she can’t stop crying, but those days don’t dictate her life.
Natasha Simon is a living and breathing example that life doesn’t end at the diagnosis of mental illness. You can do anything if you just believe in yourself. With an unwavering determination and help of friends, family, and professionals, Natasha has been contributing so much to society. I would recommend My Story Isn’t Over by Natasha Simon to the readers who wish to understand different aspects of mental health and also to those who are having a hard time coping with their own mental health.
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