This Mental Health Awareness Month, you can really honor those with mental illness by fighting for them.
It’s Mental Health Awareness Month, which means that we acknowledge the struggles and triumphs of those living with mental illnesses. We also mark the passing of those who’ve lost their fight via suicide or overdose; it’s a time where we emphasize the importance of getting help when it’s needed. It’s a time where we talk about the importance of fighting the stigma of mental illness.
However, what if we—in our quest to destigmatize mental illnesses—failed to do so? What if we didn’t destigmatize all mental illness, but only destigmatized one or two mental illnesses? Well, the reality of the matter is that we have done exactly that. We failed to destigmatize all mental illnesses.