If you haven’t read my story, I have struggled with mental illnesses since I was little and didn’t get help for a long time until everything was much worse. I was lucky enough, however, to have teachers at school who noticed and told my parents I needed help and had supportive friends there to urge me to speak up about it. I was too afraid to reach out myself. I didn’t want to be considered “weak” or “crazy.” I didn’t see anyone else running out of classes crying or anything like that. What would people think of me if they knew? They wouldn’t understand. Hiding it seemed like it was the only option.
But the thing is, it wasn’t the only option. And I know for a fact that I’m not the only one who thought that or is thinking that right now. That’s why I’m writing this. I know I’m just one person. In fact, I’m just a girl in high school. But how can I do something about this? I would love to make a difference in the world, but even if it’s just in my community, how can I get the message across that it’s okay to not be okay? That reaching out isn’t a sign of weakness. That they are certainly not alone. That some people are just really good at hiding it. I’m tired of the stigma.
I’ve done talks in my psychology class and at the psychology club at school, but I feel like I can do more. I want to give people hope, you know, that things can get better. Things do get better. They don’t have to live behind a mask in front of people their whole life. I know mental illnesses affect so many people and there should be more conversation about it.
So what can I do? I’m open to any ideas 🙂