“I pledge my commitment to the Blog for Mental Health 2014 Project. I will blog about mental health topics not only for myself, but for others. By displaying this badge, I show my pride, dedication, and acceptance for mental health. I use this to promote mental health education in the struggle to erase stigma.”
The Blog For Mental Health Project is a project raising awareness and erasing the stigma of mental health.
I’ve blogged A LOT about my mental health. Going back to my blog post relating about “keeping it real”, I want to be very upfront about my personal struggle and how it not only affects my life, but people you may not even know.
I. Being bi-polar doesn’t automatically make you “crazy” (thanks, U.S. media!)
Heck no. Many people who are bipolar do not kill people and drive their car into a wall. Many of us seek treatment when we are feeling “out of control”. As for others, it usually does not end up in violence or other forms of aggression.
As for teenagers, however, that is a different story. Teens many not understand what is happening to them and choose to act out. Please have some sort of vague understanding when you’re dealing with a younger person with mental illness. It is only hurting them when you yell at them and say “just act normal”.
II. You will not “catch” being bi-polar or “crazy”
This may seem common sense, but many people (again, thanks good, ole US media) lack the common sense to realize that mental health is often hereditary and a result from many factors, including environmental. As for bi-polar disorder, it is an umbrella term for the many spectrum bi-polar has.
III. It hurts when you generalize people, including those with mental illness
It’s not fun to be lumped into one, happy and convenient category for your amusement. Imagine a time where you were a part of a group, team or otherwise, and someone generalized you. Perhaps you didn’t’ do it or you just found out someone in your group did it. Alas, you are now part of that group. People will stigmatize you forever.
Not fun, right? Definitely.
This is one of many posts on mental illness for FatAllie. Stay tuned!