The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day is “Dignity in Mental Health” What does “Dignity In Mental Health” mean to me? To me, it means lack of stigma. It means not being treated differently because you have a mental illness. It means not being looked down on, or treated as less than others because you suffer from a mental illness. It means being treated with equality. It means feeling that you are “good enough” Most of us with Borderline Personality Disorder feel as though we are not good enough. We have been made to feel that way by our parents or our peers or whoever. It means not feeling ashamed of having a mental illness. It means being strong enough to say “I have a mental illness and am not ashamed of it!” It means being in therapy or taking medication or both and not being discriminated against because of it.
“Dignity in mental health” means talking about mental illness and not being shamed into silence. It means making our voices heard. It means talking about the issues that people are afraid to talk about. Such as suicide. Silence kills. Talking about suicide does not put the idea in people’s heads, contrary to popular belief. It lets people know that if you are dealing with depression or any mental illness and it feels like it’s too much to bear, that you can talk about it to someone and it can get you the appropriate help, and lessen the pain. It means saving lives.
What does “dignity in mental health” mean to you? Does it mean any of the things that I’ve listed here? Did I miss anything? What would you add to this list?
I look forward to hearing your comments. Till next time,