May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Awareness is key to breaking the stigma that is associated with mental illnesses. This is also a time for people to share their stories of personally dealing with an mental illness or loving someone with an mental illness.
Awareness not only comes with education, but it comes with sympathy and/or empathy. To provide compassion or understand what someone is battling, will create more safe spaces for more people to be open about mental health.
This is one of the main reasons I started Mental Illness Taught Me. It allows me to share the good, bad, and ugly that comes with my own mental illnesses but also allow others to share as well. Sharing our stories, our victories and even our defeats allows a realistic picture to have honest discussions about mental health.
I encourage everyone to keep sharing. Please continue to share facts, stories and resources so hopefully we can get to a place where everyone feels comfortable being heard.