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Donald’s Story

“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.

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