I pledge to end the stigma by telling others about the ugly side of mental illness so that we can support those who's story is tragic and dark just like those who are more acceptable to our senses. All lives matter no matter what they have done in the grips of psychosis. Everyone should know that sometimes this disease is a monster we can't control.
So, I had self-harmed because of issues with family, and the pressure of school. I ended up feeling worthless and dead inside. I began to use a broken ruler, with the edge sharpened to a point, but it got worse over time, until I attempted to take my life by trying to hang myself from my bedroom light; I was found lying on the floor on my room with the string around my neck. My point: Tell someone else that you trust, whether it is friends, family member or seek help online, otherwise it could lead to much darker thoughts.
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.