Introducing The Filling Station
We live in a world where it has become normal to dwell on the negative and let life be as it is. We allow ourselves to be consumed by the simple things that arise in our lives, thus turning them into mountains that we cannot even begin to move past. We tend to work our way into a state of depression and anxiety all because we seem to not have been equipped with enough skills to move past certain challenges. There are a wide range of websites and other publications that look at tackling these issues head-on, but have they went about it the right way?
More and more people are starting to become aware of their own mental health, and one can say that it’s been a long time coming. It’s only now that we are being exposed to the dangers of a compromised state of mind and it is on us to take an active approach to change that and not add to its casualties. There are a range of mental disorders that have been making headlines, but depression and anxiety seem to be the ones mostly affecting the youth. The youth of today has somewhat become negative, and sharing experiences or simply asking for help turns them into victims of bullying and scrutiny. This not only applies to the youth but children and mature adults too, and this continues to exacerbate the bad state that mental health as a topic currently stands because there seems to be no hope moving forward. Suicide deaths are on the rise, but why should we let these be the only indicators that something needs to be done?
The Filling Station is a non-profit organisation/website that looks at spreading positivity amongst individuals who fall under different groups such as women, LGBTI, men (especially), youth, etc. In order for us to do this successfully, we will rely on the beauty of relating. Most information that there is about depression and anxiety or mental disorders as a whole, feels rather instructional because it comes from a professional, which makes it somewhat difficult for the reader to relate or even identify with the content that has been put forth. At The Filling Station, we believe that someone else’s story is another person’s breakthrough. We may all be dealing with a problem that someone has overcome and who better to guide you than someone who has been in your shoes and walked the same path as you?
We believe in building relationships that grow you as individuals and that is why we stress the importance of relating. The art of relating allows two complete strangers to connect on a more intimate level for the sake of each other’s advancement. Depression has managed to claim a lot of lives, and there are a number of reasons attached to that, but the availability of platforms where people can express themselves and connect with people that cannot only help them but understand them, seems not to be a common trend, especially in South Africa. Our goal is to connect people from different parts of the world and get them to support each other whilst posting content that guides the conversation.
Mental health has always been a topic of discussion, but without the education, there can be no advancement. It is our goal as The Filling Station to not only share the stories of those who have somehow conquered but to also educate others about the benefits of a positive mental state. When this is achieved, we are able to:
- Make informed decisions about where our future is headed.
- Gain fresh perspectives on an old recurring problem.
- Boost self-esteem and improve self-development.
- Reduce anxiety and depression among individuals.
As much as this is a South African-based initiative, we are looking to expand our reach to all corners of the globe because we believe that we can change the world, one mind at a time. The world is in need of platforms like these.
Change the world, one mind at a time.
Our goal is to further expand and get into organising workshops and seminars where mental health will take centre stage. As mentioned above, we want to educate individuals about the benefits of a sound mental state of mind. One thing we have promised ourselves is that we will not dwell on the negative aspects, but rather focus on solutions and spreading positive energy through our content and activities. Everything that we get involved in will be based on fuelling positivity and acting as positive-agents to shed light on those who find themselves in the dark rut that is a compromised state of mind.
Our end goal is to create charged up individuals, springing out of their self-limiting beliefs and stopping at nothing to achieve the goals that they’ve set for themselves.