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.

Filter Stories Done

« Back To All Stories

Andrea’s Story

“I am starting to have the strength to figure out who I am.”

Share your stigma experience.    

My family and friends thought my depression and possible bipolar episodes were all in my head. They didn’t understand why I had trouble getting out of bed or why I cried so much. I was just “oversensitive.” Everything built up over time and I had a breakdown, where I admitted I had a dream telling me exactly how to kill myself. I voluntarily went into the hospital for a week. My mother and husband finally began to get it when they saw me in my hospital gown in my room in the psychiatric hospital.

How did you overcome this experience?

I found a good psychiatrist who put together the right mix of meds for me. I struggle still, but my love for my daughter gets me through. I am starting to have the strength to figure out who I am.

Help others by sharing a brief, positive message.

Surround yourself with kind, supportive, and understanding people–not those who stigmatize you–and recovery will be a lot easier.

Share This Story

Stigma Quiz

Can you recognize mental illness stigma?

Go To Quiz

Dive Deeper

Try the Make It OK Interactive Tool


13,006 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