The title says it all. Every May is Mental Health Awareness Month. As someone with BPD I am going to do my best to spread awareness. We also need to get rid of the stigma that is attached to mental illnesses. We are not monsters, we are not psychopaths, we are human beings, just like everyone else.
Many people don’t take mental illness serious, why? Because they think it’s all “in our head”, that we’re making it up in an effort to get attention. You are taken less seriously than someone with say, cancer. But why? Cancer isn’t something you can SEE either. Because the fact of the matter is: unless it’s something they can SEE, they don’t take it (us) seriously. Just because it’s not a gun shot or a stab wound or a big infected boil, doesn’t mean that we don’t hurt.
“If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?”
Yes, I totally used a Shakespeare quote to make my point. But it’s true. We aren’t any different than any other person roaming this earth. We are all human. And yet, often people with a mental illness get treated like they are less than their fellow human being. I think that this is absolutely horrible. But that’s a discussion for another time.
Mental Illness is something that should be discussed openly. It shouldn’t have such a stigma on it. If you feel that someone near you (or yourself) has a mental illness, PLEASE, I urge you to get help. Go to a doctor and get the proper help. The sooner it’s caught, the better their chances at recovery are and they no longer have to suffer. This goes for you too, if you feel that you may suffer from a mental illness.
There are lots of organizations that are there to help. The patient as well as the family of the patient. Make sure that you have the proper support system. You can’t do it alone. All it takes is one phone call to a mental health professional, do it now!
Don’t suffer any longer, get help!