#9: It’s one of the hardest things to live with.

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Words by Anonymous

What mental illness(es) are you currently living with?

Anxiety & depression. 

 What’s one thing you want others to know about your mental illness?

It’s one of the hardest things to live with, but with the right support and love around you, you can get through it. You are not alone.

What’s one thing you’re seeking to unlearn about the mental illness(es) you live with?

The stigma surrounding them. I feel there is a certain stigma around people with mental health where we can be portrayed as ‘abnormal’. I feel that if more people understood that mental health is not abnormal, and that there are many people who will experience  anxiety, depression, OCD, etc., at least once in their lives, then people may feel more comfortable talking about it.

I personally have been very lucky with a supportive social network of friends and family around me. Some of those people have actually experienced what I am going through first hand and can empathize with my feelings. I do not expect nor hope for everyone to be able to empathize with what I am going through.

I just wish for them to be supportive to help me through this difficult time.

I hope that in the future everyone who experiences mental health will receive some type of support – whether that be from friends, family, or organizations who work hard to let people know that they are not alone and mental health is not abnormal. It is okay to talk about it and it is okay to not feel okay.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give to someone who loves a person living with a mental illness, and wants to support them?

Make them feel like they can talk about how they are feeling. Take time you listen, help them to enjoy the little things in life and keep loving them.

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There’s someone that needs to hear that mental illness doesn’t define us. There’s a lot of noise out there about who we are and what we’re capable of. But, we get to speak for ourselves. That’s why this series exists. It’s a small but meaningful addition to Mental Health Awareness MonthStorytelling can break chains and make us feel less alone. Our truths can help others see the other side of a thing, of a person. Our stories can help someone feel a little more empowered, and a little more hopeful. Each series storyteller was brave enough to share a piece of their truth.

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