Start the Conversation About Mental Health and Break the Stigma

One thing you should know about me is that I used to be ashamed of having a mental illness. I wouldn’t talk about it because of what people might think if I told them. It took me a long time to realize that having a mental illness doesn’t define me. I am still a human being who loves writing, reading, painting, learning new things, diamond art, etc. We are all people with a variety of interests and jobs. There are many mornings that it is difficult to get out of bed but I do anyway to fight another day. Every day is a struggle to make it through.

But now I’m not scared to talk about it any more. I know a lot of people who have a mental illness who are still afraid to talk about it but we need to so that we can make society more aware. We need to break the stigma together. That’s the only way we can live without others being afraid of us. Like I’ve mentioned before we need to help others understand that living with a mental illness is a constant struggle especially when we’re trying to survive day to day. That life is complicated enough without people showing their fear because they just don’t get it. How can they understand when we don’t show them?

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When we talk about mental health people become uncomfortable because it’s a taboo. Many think we can just ‘pull ourselves up by the bootstraps’ but it’s not that simple. We don’t have control over our thoughts or what we feel. Medication helps balance it out but it’s not a cure. It’s a disease just like a terminal cancer. Mental illness can’t be gotten rid of.

I’m ashamed to admit that I was afraid of talking about my mental illnesses for so long. But now I know and understand more about my mental illness, I feel more comfortable talking about it. Together, as a community, we can change this and stop being afraid to talk about what others deem as taboo. Mental illness is a complicated subject because there are so many different mental illnesses. One thing I am 100% sure about is that just because someone has a mental illness doesn’t mean they are violent.

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