Share your story

Share your story
0 words
0 words
0 words
*Required field

All stories will be reviewed prior to being posted. Any names of clinics, medications or professional groups or references to self harm will be edited from the story. Upon submission, the user acknowledges the information will be made public, but only your first name will be displayed. Thank you for talking. You could be helping someone else.
Sending

Filter Stories Done

« Back To All Stories

J’s story

“The more I asked for help, the worse it got.”

What kind of stigma did you experience/observe?

After hitting a “bottom” and coming home from a hospitalization, I think folks expected me to be “better”. And the journey had really just begun. Many people close to me verbalized that I needed to “be happy” or that I was just seeking attention. That was really hard for me to understand and cope with.
I was a CEO of a non-profit, and shortly after coming home, lost my job – and my professional identity. Colleagues distanced themselves from me personally and professionally. Calls went un-returned. Emails fell flat. The more I asked for help, the worse it got.

I felt I had to, no, I knew I had to rebuild everything.

How did you overcome this experience?

I put the phrase “trust but verify” into action. I chose to trust my gut, my doctors, and a few – very few – friends, and then to do my own action research about what would work for me. I’m still learning that the one constant is change, oh…there’s another, it takes everything I have. All of it. To survive.

Help others by sharing a brief, positive message.

You have been given a gift of an expanded consciousness. With that gift comes a degree of suffering that is deeply personal. Share both with the world. We benefit from your gift. We learn from your suffering.

Share This Story

Stigma Quiz

Can you recognize mental illness stigma?

Go To Quiz

Dive Deeper

Try the Make It OK Interactive Tool

Explore

11,525 people have pledged to stop mental illness stigma.

By signing this pledge, you’re taking a stand against the mental illness stigma. Pass it on. Print it out. Tape it up. It can serve as a reminder to start more conversations and stop the labeling. Together, we can Make It OK.

Take the Pledge