“I have been judged by family and friends coworkers and hospital staff because I have a mental illness.”
What kind of stigma did you experience/observe?
I have been judged by family and friends coworkers and hospital staff because I have a mental illness. I run a depression/bipolar support group to help others like me who have mental illness and have no other place to find support or understanding.
I myself am not ashamed of saying I live with bipolar anxiety and borderline personality disorder. It is an illness that I have it doesn’t define who or what I am. In a lot of ways it makes me a stronger and more compassionate person. Not everyone can do what I have done, but everyone can help change stigma in their own unique way. It has helped me to accept that I have mental health illness. It helps me learn ways to get the help I need and the strength to help myself and others.
If you are looking for a reason why you have a mental illness you will not find it, but if you are looking for a purpose in life tell your story as many times as you can because your story can and will save lives.
How did you overcome this experience?
I took the power back by doing everything I can to help.
Help others by sharing a brief, positive message.
Be strong you are not alone in this many people live with mental illness. Don’t be ashamed.