So here are the round up people who participated in responding to my eighteenth prompt on the 30 Days of Mental Illness Awareness Challenge. If you participated and I haven’t added your post here, please pingback to the main challenge page with prompts or tag your post 30MIAC.
Day 18: What do you wish people would understand in regards to mental illness and/or mental health?
From All That I Am, All That I Ever Was, Addy who .states “mental illness does not define who a person is, they are so much more than the labels that have been applied to them.”
From Remember to Breathe, Lauren makes a list of things she wish people would understand including: “My parents aren’t responsible for my OCD, I’m an adult with feelings – treat me with respect, and Just because I have OCD doesn’t mean that I wash my hands 100x per day” Which all battle common stereotypes of mental illness and OCD also.
And my answers which I say “that doesn’t mean I fit into a typical or predetermined box of what my mental illnesses should look like. Or even what mental illness in general should look like. Get to know me as a person and as you do, you will see how my mental illnesses manifest in me”
From Second Chances, Christine writes “It would be much better if people understood that the mentally ill can often (and do often) function just fine in society and you wouldn’t ever know they were sick unless you were told.” that mental illness can be successfully treated and those with it are often quite productive.
Also mylovelyborderlinepersonalitydisorder says .people are not possessed by an evil spirit, everyone isn’t a bit bipolar, she also explains some common misconceptions associated with specific illnesses such as “All Borderline’s are not obsessive stalkers (Fatal Attraction)”
From That’s Crazy who focuses on what she wishes the Canadian government would understand opening up with: “Dear Canadian Government: I wish you wouldn’t call me “Permanently Mentally Disabled”. I don’t think you realize how damning these words can be for someone with a mental illness.”
From Pride in Madness who wishes people wouldn’t make such a big deal about mental illness, not that it’s not important, just that people wouldn’t treat you different for it.
**Thanks to all who participated and continue to spread the word**
Also A Life of Madness who answered prompts 10-21 in a comprehensive post, she includes photos and has bipolar disorder.