It’s hard enough for people to initially confront the baffling monster that is mental illness, but to add in the deterrent of prejudice to the mix is unacceptable.
People will never understand the torment that goes on during onset of say a manic episode or even the trials of suicidal ideation. Pulling somone aside and saying “I NEED HELP” is rarely a priority for the sufferer because they are confused and scared to death and the idea of potentially being labeled ‘crazy’ is usally earth shatterring, usually leaving the person to suffer in silence. Barriers to entry need to be at a minimum if you want to proactively handle mental illness, especially around the time of initial diagnosis.
The sad reality is that it’s next to impossible for people to empathize with the struggle of mental illness unless their own life is rocked by the trauma filled experience.
As someone who lived a quarter century without any compassion or care for people struggling with mental health to being blindsided one day with my own breakdown and then later diagosis of panic disorder, you might say I have some powerful testimony to relate to this issue at hand.
From a guy who would tell people to just “calm down and think about something else”, to the guy today who says “good heavens, is there anything at all I can do to help” it’s easy to see the value I place on getting people help immediately.
If you are of any ethnicity and have even the slightest notion that you might be fighting your own demons today, please recognize and understand that millions of people like myself got help and then continued to go on to live very powerful lives. Just because your wound right now is intangible and may challenge you to express your experience in words, doesn’t mean that the solution is to negate the voice in your head that tells you something isn’t quite right here. Please remember you are worth it…Get Help..Stop fighting this alone.