You probably noticed by now, but we’re all excited that it’s not only Mental Health Awareness Month, but a few days ago on May 18, our bloggers participated in blogging for mental health. It’s been a wonderful week spreading information about mental health and busting stigma that still exists on mental illness.
Why is spreading mental health awareness and fighting prejudice so important?
About ten years ago, I was talking to a college classmate about depression. He was just 20 years old and I was a few years older and several years ahead of him in terms of my experience with mental illness. I had witnessed the impact depression had on my grandfather when I was 16.
When the topic of mental illness and depression came up, he passionately voiced his opinions to me. He felt that depression was a made up illness, that people didn’t need to pop a pill or even talk to a therapist, they simply needed to smile, suck it up and get on with their lives. I probably don’t need to tell you it pretty much ended our friendship. I was so upset that I didn’t even ask him why he felt that way or try to convince him otherwise. My anger silenced me and nothing more was said.
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