Following Kate Spade’s passing, this message about mental illness went viral & I feel it very important to share.
“Until depression is seen as an ILLNESS & not a condition that can be “cured” by being brushed off with a “try to be happy” or “just look at the bright side of life; you have so much to be happy about.”
Until anxiety is seen as an ILLNESS & not a condition that can be “cured” by being brushed off with a “just don’t be afraid of ____” or “get over it, freak.”
Depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, etc. feed your mind the wrong messages. They tell you to be afraid of things you know yooku shouldn’t be afraid of (…) that you aren’t good enough & don’t deserve to be alive & that things won’t get better, (…) that everyone is out to get you, that everyone is looking at you, that everyone is judging you.
Would you tell them to just “get over it?” As though people suffering from mental ILLNESS could somehow just wish it away? Don’t you think they would if they could?!
Until the stigma is removed from mental illness … until society truly, authentically accepts it as an illness … those suffering from these illnesses will continue to hide their condition.”▫️
Mental illness cannot always be seen or heard physically. It’s hardly ever obvious or apparent & most people affected don’t voice it or speak up because of how much its severity is undermined & undervalued.
If you’re suffering, know that you’re not alone.
Living with a mental illness is hard when it almost feels like you need to convince society that it exists, let alone justify not being able to just snap out of it. But if we work together, we have the power to help raise awareness, broaden understanding, incite acceptance & fight the stigma.
If you’re suffering, know that you have a voice & it’s valid. You don’t have to hide. You don’t have to put on a front or pretend life is ALWAYS perfect. You’re stronger than the thoughts your mental illness is feeding you & they don’t have to dominate your life.