It’s amazing to me how far we’ve come in talking about these things in the past few decades. Conversations I couldn’t imagine people ever having with one another — they’re finally having them.
And yet for all the road we’ve traveled, we still have a long ways to go. We still need to be talking more about it. With our friends, our family, our loved ones.
This video is only 2 minutes long, yet tells the story that is so familiar to many of us. And if it’s not something you’ll experience directly, you’ll definitely know someone who does.
Here’s the video:
Even though this video was directed at Canadians, it’s equally true of Americans. Except in America, 1 in 4 Americans will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. So in a family of 4, that means one of you will get it. In a group of 4 friends, one of you will get it.
We need to stop thinking as mental illness only impacting “other people.” It impacts us all, and this video says that much more eloquently than most people can. That’s why I’m so passionate and write so frequently on the kinds of things that could impact anyone ever diagnosed with a mental illness — such as taking away some of your basic Constitutional rights. Simply because of a diagnosis.
Let’s help stop the discrimination. Let’s help stop the prejudice. And let’s help stop the stigma.
Please share this widely on Facebook, Twitter and anywhere else you’re active on social media. We need to reach as many people as we can with this important message.
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Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 15 Jul 2014
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Grohol, J. (2014). Every American Will Experience This in Their Lifetime — Or Know Someone Who Will. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 18, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2014/07/16/every-american-will-experience-this-in-their-lifetime-or-know-someone-who-will/