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Mental Illness- The Elephant in the Room
It has been there all along, a gigantic beast that everyone knows is there and it is not leaving. So why don’t we recognize it, sit down with it and talk? Why not get to know it and understand the elephant’s point of view. That is why this blog is here. It is time to give a name and a face to the elephant and no longer let it go misunderstood.
The elephant’s name is mental illness. Personally, we are well acquainted because I live with it. I have had a diagnosis for the last 20 years so mental illness and I go way back. For the last 10 years I have talked about my experience to judges, police officers, family members and politicians. My mission is simple, but it is the most momentous task I have ever undertaken. My goal is to educate the masses and embrace the elephant and teach it how to stomp on ignorance and stigma.
This is not a one person job, stigma is far too massive for me alone. I will, though, not let the silence exist for the days left that I have on this planet. So I will talk about my life and my experience, my pain and my triumphs. I will do my best to express my lived experience, with the hopes that my voice may not fall upon deaf ears.
I know that recovery from mental illness is not only possible, but a reality. Today I have meaning and purpose in my life. I wake up and am thankful to be alive. I have taken the road less traveled by, but it HAS made all the difference. Join me on this journey of discovery.