馃毃 some professional AND personal news 馃毃 For the past 2.5 months, I've been on mental health leave from my job. As I type this, my heart is racing because even though I write about mental health and so many people have opened up about their own internal 1/8
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struggles during the pandemic (especially to do with their jobs), mental health is still really stigmatized. But I can't keep quiet about this. The only reason I learned leave was even an option is because someone else went public about their own. 2/8
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And then, after yet another sleepless night, I took a leap of faith to ask if they'd talk to me. Not only did they handle the conversation with boundless empathy, they also made me realize I wasn't alone. Maybe my post will do the same for someone else. 3/8

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While on leave, I learned I have so much value as a daughter, friend, sister, and niece. I actually took time to be and, what do you know, now my waking thoughts aren't centered on my to-do list and my heart rate isn't skyrocketing. 4/8
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I finally realized my value as a human being doesn't rest on my productivity 鈥 no matter how much society tries to convince me otherwise. 5/8
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During my leave, I also realized I need to quit my job. While I'm proud of the work I've done there and have met some amazing people, ultimately the environment isn't a good fit for my mental health. 6/8
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I'm excited to announce I'm moving forward as a freelance writer. While I've written mostly about social justice, I'm also looking to widen that scope. I'm also available for other opportunities, such as research and fact-checking heavy projects. 7/8
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You can reach me at siobhan.neela.writer@gmail.com and best be sure I'll be showing up soon in your inboxes too. 8/8
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