Getting my diagnosis has been a long road but finally I am here and I think i have a way forward. the shame and burden I felt and of not knowing what was wrong with me and how others perceived me has took its toll on the relationships I had with others but if I can help anyone in the same situation as me I will coz it has been lonely and exasperating and I wouldn't wish it on anyone to think they are alone and there aren't or isn't anyone who can help and undastand
I pledge to continue being open about my mental health to the ones I'm close with and work up to opening up to people I'm less familiar with until I'm comfortable speaking out bc mental health stigma is horrible in my town. I want to become confident enough to stand up and change the outlook on mental health in my town
Mental health is a rapidly rising taboo within our society, so many people are too afraid to speak out and as a result suffer in silence due to the discrimination and stigma of mental health issues. No one should have to suffer in silence and everyone who is should know someone is always there and they are not alone. It's time to change and end the stigma against mental health.
Mental illness is invisible.
If you break an arm, you are treated immediately. Doctors identify the problem and treat it. Mental illness is much harder to recognize. An X-ray isn't going to reveal that you have anxiety or depression.
But just because we can't see it, doesn't mean it is less severe than a broken arm, a wound, or a cancer.
My anxiety disorder is a cancer in itself. A wound unseen and borne in secret; where is the sympathy? Where is the chemotherapy?
We have to speak about mental health. It's an epidemic like no other.
We have all experienced a mental health issue in our life and some of us live it everyday. As a country, we are too ashamed to admit when we need support. We need to know that it's okay to not be okay and that we are human; we have feelings both good and bad. We need to be supportive of one another and caring. I pledge to always listen, care and be supportive no matter how big or small a problem.
I will devote my life to helping others with mental health problems. I am going to train as a professional counsellor in order to help more people overcome their difficulties. I will fight against the discrimination so many people have to cope with on top of their symptoms. I will look out for my family and friends.
I am in the process of making a blog, part of this blog will be a weekly segment regarding different mental health problems, showing people they are not alone and helping others to understand mental health a little bit more! Once the blog is up and running I will be talking about it at my university as a way to advertise my blog and also to draw attention to this section and create a discussion on mental health!
Mental health is a really big stigma which is causing more people to suffer in silence. If someone broke their leg people would immediately treat it whereas mental health is "frowned upon". Battling with your mind 365 days a year is exhausting and you never know what someone is going through until you truly reach their trust to listen.
My name is Canek, i'm 21 years old and I study in Paris. It's been 2 years since I've been struggling with anxiety and depression. The one thing that helps me is that I know that there are other people out there that is dealing with the same stuff and music. I've just started to record songs talking about this issue and I wanna share it with everyone. It's just the beginning. So if you're like me go check out my facebook https://www.facebook.com/Canek-419064925094144/?fref=nf or my instagram @canekmusic.
I pledge to help bring awareness to mental health. I suffer from Automatonophobia and Pediophobia. I cannot come in any proximity close of dolls of animations/wax figures/mannequins or I panic, tense, and feel ill to my stomach. It is an everyday struggle that even thing about these things makes me want to get sick. People around me think it is a joke and don't understand the seriousness to my problem. It would be a weight off my shoulders if people could learn to understand!
Living with Bipolar Disorder is no fun. But, we should never hide it away or isolate away from society. We didn't choose this misery nor would we if we had the choice. I will continue to share my personal stories of the plagues of depression, hypomania & psychosis while learning & sharing what remedies & practices help to alleviate the suffering. The more we sufferers share, the more the discrimination will dissipate. Peace.
I will do as much as I can to spread awareness and educate others about mental illness in hopes of helping to get rid of the stigma(s) around the subject. I will do my best to support loved ones when they need it, and remember to reach out because people don't always know how or feel comfortable asking for help. I will also try my best to tell [my loved ones] that I love and appreciate them more often, instead of assuming that they already know.