I started this hashtag on twitter for people to talk about all the ways in which they are so much more than just their mental illness. Watching the responses pour in has been amazing and heartbreaking and I just have so much love for everyone brave enough to tweet about such a stigmatized issue.
Here are a few of my faves:
It has stalled my PhD, lost me friends, impacted relationships, scared me from taking changes. But it won’t stop me. #notmymentalillness
— Kathleen Pye (@KathleenCanada) August 16, 2014
I genuinely only seldom feel as though I am #notmymentalillness but I wanna affirm my solidarity with everyone in the struggle anyway! Love!
— The Mighty Rhino (@MightyRhino) August 15, 2014
When the idea of talking to a doctor is triggering in itself, that is a problem with the system, not with my efforts. #notmymentalillness
— Electro Squiggly (@LetsHearItForMe) August 15, 2014
I spend maybe 30-50% of my energy just trying to conform to the system that works for everyone else–but not me. #notmymentalillness
— Paddy (@paddyforan) August 15, 2014
I am an alcoholic and a drug addict. But I’m also a wife, a mother, a feminist, an activist, and a friend. #notmymentalillness
— Britni (@britnidlc) August 16, 2014
I am a caring partner, I am a feminist, I am an artist. #notmymentalillness
— Alex Millard (@Hippoinatutu) August 15, 2014
An astute, erudite student, inquisitor, cook, daughter, adoptee, lover, aunty & friend. Am empathetic, warm, ruthless. #notmymentalillness.
— Nanette Soucy (@NetSoucy) August 15, 2014
My depression incessantly tells me that nobody loves me. I fight back and say that it’s wrong. I love me. #notmymentalillness
— Celeste Noelani (@runningnekkid) August 15, 2014
Please join in the conversation if you want to! But also much love to you if you don’t feel comfortable enough to do so. We see you, and we know how hard it is ❤