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I hold this tough skin on the outside. On the inside is soft and unstable. In order to live each day and go about what I need to do, I have to be tough. Sometimes tougher then others just because if people really know who I was or what I deal with, nobody would want to take me too seriously. They would just think I’m crazy or something. Of course, this is all in my head. Of course, the stigma of mental health has grabbed me and lead me to believe all this. We all act this way because others just don’t understand what Mental Illness really means. But we’re here to show them.
Find someone you know and love, I will bet the person you picked has gone through some sort of struggle. It does not matter what kind of struggle they went through either. Did you support them in that struggle? Did anyone help them when they needed someone the most? Why is it any different if it was someone with a Mental Illness? Is it scarier to think about? Would you want to help them any less? Put that in your mind and then tell me if you think its fair to change your whole view based on Mental Illness. I am a person who struggles. I’m not just someone who has Bipolar Disorder. I am your friend when you need a helping hand. Why not lend that same helping hand to me when I am in need?
Today, I want you to think about this. It’s not really hard to do. But just walk around and think everyone has a Mental Illness, Even your loved ones. Go around and see if you would interact with everyone differently. Would you treat your loved ones the same? Really think this through and help end the stigma you might have about us lovely people who struggle every day just like anyone else who struggles and does not have a mental illness.