#20: My self worth needs daily validation.

Photo by Fernando @cferdo on Unsplash

Words by Gus 

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

Depression

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

Everything is slowed down and feels heavy, especially my emotions.

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

My self worth needs validation, daily.

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?

Be okay with sadness not of their own making.

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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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