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World Mental Health Day: My road to recovery and getting help | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis
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,
If you would like to see everyone who participated in the 4th annual World Mental Health Day Blog Party, and read some great blogs, click on the following link: World Mental Health Day Blog Party, October 10, 2014 | World Mental Health Day.
What does World Mental Health Day mean to me? It means that we need to raise awareness and reduce stigma of mental illness. I am in recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder, an illness which kills 10% of sufferers by their own hand. That’s unacceptable! There is a lot of stigma around this disorder. We are called impossible to treat, manipulative and much more. If they knew what it was like from our point of view, living with it every day, they might be more understanding. My hope is that this day will bring more awareness to mental illness, including BPD, and start eliminating stigma.
I went through about twenty years being misdiagnosed as just having depression. I knew it had to be more than that but I’d never even heard of Borderline Personality Disorder. Eventually, after a lot of painful events, I was finally properly diagnosed. I would like others with this disorder to get the right diagnosis as soon as possible. Not doing so can be deadly. I believe that we can change things by working together. I am currently working on a book about Borderline Personality Disorder. Someday you’ll hear my story about how I was first diagnosed. Until then, you can always check back here for blog posts on what’s going on in my life as a BPD sufferer in recovery, and also links to great articles on BPD, videos and more.
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