What comes to your mind when you hear the word mental illness? Who comes to your mind when you think of a person living with a mental illness? What if we told you I live with a mental illness? Do you know there are over 200 mental illnesses? Why do we stigmatize persons living with a mental illness and sometimes even their loved ones too?
On the 26th of October during one of our World Pulse Ambassadors epic Thriving Thursdays call, I gave a presentation about mental illness with the goal of making mental illness easily understood and calling for action against stigma.
I think using my own story as someone diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder 6 years made many to relate and realize that a mental illness is not mystery and there is no need to stigmatize someone living with a mental illness.
The feedback was amazing and I knew I had done the right thing by bringing my life's work with mental health and mental illnesses to World Pulse.
I have no doubt that henceforth, all who hear this presentation and know me, would doubt that you can live a very productive life with a mental illness diagnosis, if you are aware, educated and take all necessary action to manage the illness - albeit just like someone living with day hypertension or diabetes would do.