Mental health affects every aspect of your life. It’s not just this neat little issue you can put in a box.
There was a time in the recent past that those suffering from mental illness were basically prisoners of their condition.
The quality of their lives and relationships were shredded by the fallout from the at-times devastating symptoms of their illness.
Many lived existences shunned by society with their lives marked by pain and misunderstanding.
Thankfully we no longer live in that kind of Dark Age. Advances in medicine and remediation for those suffering from mental illness have helped to dispel the stigma and provide help.
Since 1949 May has been celebrated as Mental Health Awareness Month. Since the start of the pandemic many have struggled with the isolation and uncertainty of the pandemic. As a result, there has been an increased awareness of the importance of sound mental health as an integral part of maintaining an overall balanced life of good health.
Those who have survived mental health challenges can offer guidance through their experiences. Their voices grounded in wisdom can be a source of tremendous support for others.
Quotes Supporting Mental Health
“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”
“It is okay to have depression, it is okay to have anxiety, and it is okay to have an adjustment disorder. We need to improve the conversation. We all have mental health in the same way we all have physical health.”
“If you are going through hell, keep going.”
“I am bent, but not broken. I am scarred, but not disfigured. I am sad, but not hopeless. I am tired, but not powerless. I am angry, but not bitter. I am depressed, but not giving up.”
“Mental health… is not a destination but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you are going.”
“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.”
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”
“My dark days made me strong. Or maybe I already was strong, and they made me prove it.”
“Your illness is not your identity. Your chemistry is not your character.”
What can you do to help build a culture that is free of stigmatizing mental illness?
Please share here. We can all be inspired by our collective experience, strength and hope.
Nancy and her son, JP, are co-authors of Unchained: Our Family’s Addiction Mess Is Our Message. Their book tells the true story of JP’s descent into opioid and alcohol addiction and homelessness to recovery to become co-founder of a treatment health care system.