Let's call it what it is: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental illness and I was diagnosed with this in 2014.
I know I am high functioning, greatly recovered and today a self proclaimed self-care queen, but stigma still exist and challenges still abound. The whole intention of wearing that label on me like it were my brand is to demystify and de-stigmatize mental illness.
This is why when I saw a call for submissions from my University for presentations at the Post Graduate Research Conference tomorrow, I didn't hold back because they said it was mainly for PhD students (I could have been one too had I not opted to do a second masters in psychology related studies instead). I prepared my abstract and a poster, didn't run it by anyone because sadly still some stigma from my own family and circle regarding my mental health work using my lived experience (calling it what it is) and I submitted both after a prayer.
Bingo I got the email and oh my am all set, have run the test on the platforms the school is using and am good. It's actually a competition for the best presentations by post graduate students organized jointly by the University of Lancaster and Queensland University Australia, and they said there are 10 Fire tablets to be won but I have already won by just being selected hahahaha
My poster is titled thus: FOUNDING & RUNNING AN ORGANIZATION MINDFUL OF MY OWN MENTAL WELLBEING; while my long presentation is on my research work evaluating the mental health matters campaign I ran for two years in my community from 2018 - 2020.
I am so excited for tomorrow, I need to workout again tonight and tomorrow morning to stay grounded some more lol