I will raise awareness of mental health and promote diversity and equal opportunity in the workplace and the community. I will challenge discriminatory behaviour and ensure that I show compassion and understanding to those around me. I will take time to talk, not just on 2nd Feb, but always. I will help make the world a safer and less judgemental place.
As somebody who has needed - and richly benefited from - support and understanding to handle my own emotional and psychological challenges previously, I pledge to use that empathy and experience to raise awareness, confront stigma and help inspire a change in attitudes towards mental health issues.
Having suffered from an eating disorder for over 5 years and spending 10 months of that at a hospital inpatient facility for anorexia nervosa, that has shown me that the people who I met up there didn't fit the stereotype of a 'mental patient'. They were the kindest, most caring people I've met and people need to understand this, we're not crazy or dangerous, we're just not well and we need to break the stigma.
I'm just me
I read a few weeks back that mental illness has become a trend. I was both deeply saddened & yet infuriated. Mental illness steals precious moments of your life. Important moments with family & friends (if you have any left) that you can never get back. A trend can come & go. Lost time & precious moments can only pass & be forever gone yet the guilt lasts forever.
I will share my personal mental health experiences in an open and honest way to help others understand mental health and help raise awareness where I can. I will be supportive and be there to listen, to offer a comforting hug and friendly smile, to anyone who needs it. I will stand up to discrimination.