Hi my name is Sonia i pledge to share my story of the lack of safeguarding in place by the police when taken into police custody also the ignorance and mockery i endured in court simply to keep a very large amount of cash found in my house or should i say my prison through my hoarding,ocd and depression never before have i felt so ashamed, embarassed, belittled and let down
Hey Ive had mental health for 8years now but I had not let it become my life story I have worked paid and voluntary I have studied I have been all through the housing system and Ive been in hospital quite a few times Do you know what I find??..... Those I meet in hospital love me and those out of hospital love me. Care about people and not just out of duty *Coz thats how I felt* but care smile and greet oneanother out of compassion love and mutual respect xxxxx
Having a mental illness isn't something one should be ashamed of or afraid of talking about. It's about time we gain a proper understanding of what it is, how it works and how it affects people. I pledge to share my history of depression in hope to end the stigma surrounding mental illnesses in today's society. It's so much more to depression than most understand, and the phrases often encountered, such as 'pull yourself together', proves that this movement is important.
I have suffered periods of severe depression and anxiety for nearly 30 years. It has had a hugely negative impact on my life as I found it hard to talk about and felt stigmatised. I am not a victim, I am someone who has an illness and I will talk openly about my experiences in order to help others.
I will share my mental health story to help others understand mental illness and to help others deal with their illness. I will do my upmost to educate others who are not going through this so that they understand the pain and nightmare we go through and try to remove the stigma that surrounds us.
What scares me most about mental illness is just how many people it silently affects. The key to stopping the silence is talking. And the key to talking, is getting rid of all of the stigma, and negativity that is still automatically associated with the phrase 'mental illness'. Short term, that has to be our goal.
I pledge to do all I can to eradicate the stigma surrounding mental health. I will continue to be there for my friends and family when they need me, and encourage them to talk to me about their problems openly. I will share my own experiences of mental health with others, both in person and online, in the hope of spreading awareness and helping as many people as possible.
I will share my experiences, offer support and fight descrimination wherever I can. I will help those who suffer from mental health issues, those whose friends and loved ones suffer from mental health issues and those who need help to understand mental health issues.
I will fight against the social stigma that is unjustly appended to mental health issues and other 'invisible' illnesses and conditions.
Sharing my story was the best decision I ever made. Talking saved my life.
Since coming out of hospital I have learnt that words can be so powerful and my blog has helped me to help others. I currently have viewers in 9 countries, but my aim is to reach as many people as possible in 2015 - lets reduce the stigma, it's time to talk! my blog: www.thewanderingheartsclub.wordpress.com
The first thing that my mum told me when I got diagnosed with bipolar disorder was to not share it with other people. I thought about what she said and realised that if I do that it will be like saying I'm embarrassed. And I am not ashamed. I am not scared. I have accepted it and openly admit it to people around me. It doesn't define me, but it's a part of me and I will embrace it and make the best of it. I pledge to raise awareness and help beat the stigma!!! :)