Mental illness is no respecter of persons.
Simply put, anyone can find themselves struggling with it at any point in their lives — regardless of how they’ve behaved in the past.
An event, experience, circumstance, or relationship can cause such trauma to the brain that it changes the individual’s future forever.
My wife never experienced serious mental health challenges until she gave birth to our daughter.
I never experienced serious mental health challenges until I served a mission for the LDS Church.
My friend never experienced serious mental health challenges until they got in a severe car accident.
My work colleague never experienced serious mental health challenges until they got laid off.
It can happen to any of us at any time.
So please: let’s be kind. Let’s lend a listening ear. Let’s treat everyone with respect, and love.
Let’s get rid of the biases and stigmas surrounding mental illness, medication, therapy and emotional trauma.
Mental illness is NOT mental weakness.
Medication DOES NOT make you someone you’re not. It helps you become more of who you ARE.
Therapy isn’t reserved for “crazy” people. People who go to therapy are STRONG.
We all have struggles, so let’s accept them, be humble, and help others along the way.