This is my first battle with depression and I never realised how crippling it was. The clouds are beginning to lift after 8 weeks and feeling more positive. I have been very honest about what is happening to me, I'm not ashamed of having a mental illness and I totally support this campaign. Lots of love to those out there who still have the black clouds surrounding them.
I will ensure to keep in touch and ask a friend or loved one how they are, I will share my mental health story as and when appropriate, I will look out for friends loved ones, colleges and clients, and support them when needed, I will volunteer at local events, to raise awareness of mental health and the sigma that arises, and I will challenge mental health stigma and discrimination when I see it, I shall apply all of the above at appropriate times when the opportunity comes about.
I will and am sharing information about my mental health journey to healthcare professionals and public alike, to help inform the training of those coming into the field and help prevent discrimination and stigma in the area. My dad died of his mental illness and the stigma I saw then has stayed in my memory throughout my own adult life. That is wrong. And I can help change that by sharing my own mental health story.
If someone has cancer, their support network will drop everything to support them. But if someone is suffering with mental health, nobody wants to know them. I even hear people say "oh, he's a bit bipolar" as if its some contagious disease. People need to stop treating this illness with patronising comments and start realising that what's needed is compassion, empathy and the human touch to help people through whatever mental health torment they are going through.
My journey through mental health - depression, anxiety & self harm has given me the drive and motivation to help others in any way that I can. I Pledge to help dispel myths and the misunderstanding that people have towards mental health. I hope to support, inform and guide others as I am able.
I have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder a few years back and would like to share my experience in mental health and try to make new friends suffering with mental health issues. I am a full time mum to 2 beautiful children who i adore. Being a mum with BPD is extremely hard at times.
Stigma really sucks..I've lived my life with illnesses .....why me???? Now it's mind over matter we must ....see it ..... Admit it..... Get help..... Accept it .... Deal
With it ....recovery... meds... Therapy...... Next steps...... Loneliness .....sadness.....helplessness......we all need "Mindfulness"
.... "Power of the mind".... We can control ours!!!!!!..... So let's keep moving onwards & upwards.......So Together, we achieve.... Together we succeed .... As I'm sick to death of stigma against us !!!!! Enough said...
Mental health condition? Its not an embarrassment. it’s not visible physical health, rather mental health. The majority of people with mental health conditions we interact or pass by each day. They have jobs, care for families; are capable; competent; responsible; trustworthy; rational, decision makers, trusted; respected, have integrity and character and are real people; they look like you and me!
I want to be an ambassador that promotes positive images of mental health, supports, educates, and helps change perceptions and acceptance of mental illnesses, particularly in the workplace. Its time to change.
I unfortunately live and have lived with an illness for over 10 years. But i feel if there wasn't as much stigma and judgement towards it and treated as a taboo, i may have coped a lot better. End the stigma, your friend or family member could have it. We are not the illness, stop defining people with it!
I pledge to make local authorities LISTEN beyond the words "I SUFFER WITH MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS " as I will NOT be labelled or judged by " oh your 1 of those". I want to tell them to Live In My Head, Walk in My Shoes " then if you still fell you have the right to judge me I'll know you are a very selfish, hurtful person.
My pledge is to make sure people are not alone and have someone to talk to. Even though there are people around sometimes someone telling you things will be ok and you will get though the tough times and you are not alone can help. To offer advice and a lending ear is a light at the end of the tunnel.
I'm pledging to talk openly about my own mental health issues as a dancer and a person in the hope that it will get more people engaging with and talking about the 'M' Word. The stigmas surrounding mental health have had such a negative impact on my life, but I'm determined to challenge and smash them!