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Words by Marlissa | Age 19
What mental illness(es) are you currently living with?
Social anxiety and depression.
What’s one thing you want others to know about your mental illness?
Most days you feel as if nothing good has ever happened to you in your life. Sometimes you can’t even look in the mirror without being disgusted and ashamed of yourself. It’s hard to function properly and be the person you want to be.
What’s one thing you’re seeking to unlearn about the mental illness(es) you live with?
I can’t use them as an excuse to give up easily. I have to recognize that I can get through the day. Even if it feels like today was ruined, tomorrow’s a new one.
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?
Try to always be there for them, whether it’s listening to them talk, giving them space, sitting in silence, writing encouraging notes, or texting them frequently. Try to be as understanding as you can. Research the mental illness they have and let them know you’re trying to understand them more.
Tell them they’re not alone and that you love 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 Month. Storytelling 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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