We all have bad days. There are some days when we feel on top of the world, and others where we just want to stay in bed. Unfortunately, there are people who feel as though they are constantly stuck in a bad day. They suffer with unimaginable thoughts and feelings, and although everything seems fine on the outside, no one knows how they truly feel.
39-year-old singer and songwriter Britney Spears can relate to this. Since 2008, she has been under conservatorship, a form of court-appointed guardianship that has given a licensed conservator, a corporate fiduciary, and her father and others authority over her finances, medical treatment, personal life and career.*
For thirteen years, Britney stayed silent. No one was aware of how she was feeling, and life went on. That is, until she broke that silence at her latest court hearing on Wednesday, 23 June that she wants the conservatorship to come to an end.
She also apologised to her 30.6 million Instagram followers for “pretending like I’ve been OK”. She said she had not spoken out before due to “pride”. “I’m bringing this to people’s attention because I don’t want people to think my life is perfect because it’s definitely not at all,” she said.**
One of the worst things a person can do when struggling is to pretend that everything is okay. Social media is not a reflection of real life, as Britney herself confirmed: “honestly who doesn’t want to capture there [sic] Instagram in a fun light!” If no one knows the truth about what a person is going through, it is impossible to receive the help even though it is desperately needed.
At the UCKG HelpCentre, you are encouraged to express yourself so that you can be helped to overcome your inner battles. This is also why our 24-hour Helpline exists, because help is needed at any hour of the day or night.
If you are struggling and no one knows, we want to know. You can speak to a friendly advisor who will not judge you but be patient and encouraging, and give you the help you deserve to receive.
Why not give us a call on 020 7686 6000? You can also send us a WhatsApp message to the same number.
Don’t feel that staying silent is the only option you have.
We are here for you.