#15: It’s only a fraction of who I am.

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Words by Gailen | Age 55

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

Anxiety, Depression and mild OCD, with the occasional panic attack just for giggles

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

It’s only a fraction of who I am. It also is a wonderful piece of me. I am kinder, more thoughtful, more empathetic.

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

Believing the crap my inner critic tells me.

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 patient, never tell to just relax, hold space for them and ask them what they need at that moment! Be non judgmental.

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ABOUT THE SERIES

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.

To view more stories from the series, visit the series homepage. 

 

This podcast episode goes right for the heart!

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Episode 12: You are not your mental illness. 

Guest: Ariel Davis 

 

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Today’s guest is the illustrious Ariel Davis.

Ariel’s bio: “I am a woman, mother, wife, educator, survivor and jane of all trades.” 

Here are some notabe topics and quotes from today’s episode: 

  • So much negativity in the world would end if everyone believed in their own self.
  • Why people need to define self-care for themselves
  • Why the entire to-do list doesn’t need to be done today.
  • Mental health in the Black community
  • The layers of intersectionality and grief
  • Ariel’s experience with anxiety and the “scenarios” that’d play in her head
  • Perfection and OCD
  • “When any two people try to merge their lives, there’s going to be challenges.”
  • “I have the mental illness, the mental illness doesn’t have me.”
  • Ariel’s Instagram
  • Cards for the Culture

#2: I am not broken.

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Words by Kathie | Age 49

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

OCD and Anxiety

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

The one thing I would like others to know about my mental illness, is that I have come to see them as teachers, more than burdens. When I’m ready to change grades in my mental illness schooling, my teachers change or they stay. As in life, our learning continues till death. No matter what there are lessons, tests, homework, different levels and more qualified teachers to move us along or keep us in place (stuck) until we can test out. But, mental illness does not define you. It’s what we can best do with the teacher, for all higher purposes that define us.

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

That I am broken. The notion that because I don’t operate the same as others, is okay. I am unique. My personal purpose is unique. I just have to keep remembering that, and being okay with who I am

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 patient, find humor in things, and keep things real. Keep your heart and mind open.

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ABOUT THE SERIES

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.

To view more stories from the series, visit the series homepage.