No Tea. No Shade. No Pink Lemonade. 4


Lailani Clark

Hey ya’ll

This week’s topic is a little bit more personal and I do believe a lot of people can relate to it. When I was 14 I was unknowingly suffering from depression. I was a straight-A student then something happened that caused my mental state to spiral in a way. I remember not telling anyone, especially my family because I thought they would make fun of me; or they would call me a liar. It got so bad that I went from a 4.0 GPA to a 1.8, all in one school year. Then when I started having really dark thoughts I told my mom. I went to the doctor started going to therapy and got put on medications. At the start of 10th grade, I was doing really great. My grades were amazing. I loved the school I was in at the time. My life and my mental state were going great; except for the fact that I would panic in large groups of people (if I was alone) and I would randomly start to cry and feel like I couldn’t breathe. I found out later that I have anxiety. I had to go to therapy for that also and was given more medication. I still go to therapy for both because senior year has really been doing a number on me. But through it all, I try to stay strong because I refuse to let these issues get the best of me.  But I can only imagine what it must be like to have a mental illness beyond depression and anxiety, and it goes untreated or diagnosed.  If you ever feel like something isn’t right with your mind PLEASE tell someone. So that way you can get the necessary help. Any mental illness that is left untreated can be very dire and end up hurting you and your loved ones more than what words could describe. Generation z has the highest rates of depression and anxiety. That says so much. We need to be willing to open up to people about our mental health. It’s okay to be scared or worried. But in the end, I guarantee you will be very glad you asked for help. Now not all the time do you have to go to your parents because no tea, no shade, no pink lemonade some parents are the source of their child’s mental illness. Go to someone you trust and are sure that they have your best interest at heart. We can beat our mental illnesses and we can help our peers too.  Next week in honor of Black History month we will talk about what it means to be proud of your culture.

Much love,