Do you know that being diagnosed with a mental illness is not a death sentence? That you are not that mental illness and that recovery is possible?
When I got a mental health diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in August 2014, I felt different emotions. On the one hand I was happy to finally have a label or name I could blame for all the rollercoaster life I have lived so far, and all the accompanying trauma (plus its effects and side effects); and on the other had I didn't know how to tell my family that 'I too now had a mental illness'.
6 years on, I am not only living a great, thrilling and sometimes challenging life, but that diagnosis has fuelled my purpose. I am so passionate to use my lived experience to demystify and destigmatize mental illness.
I am launching an Awareness and Anti-stigma campaign for mental illness in Cameroon. Support me and my organization. Share a picture of support or get someone with a lived experience to join me.