Why Is Mental Health Awareness Month Important to me?

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As I have mentioned many times before,

I was diagnosed back in 2014 with bipolar disorder and generalized anxiety disorder.  It was so shocking and to be quite honest, it was quite surreal. I felt lost and did not know how or what I was going to do knowing that I had been diagnosed with such a serious condition.  I was at a loss of words. It took some years to become comfortable with the idea of having a mental health disorder. When I decided that I wanted to talk about my experiences and advocate for others like me, I know that I would be helping someone.  I just didn’t know who. I knew that there were other people out there like me in the world who had been diagnosed with a serious mental health condition and felt alone and unsure of themselves and what their life would now be because of it.

When I did research initially on bipolar disorder, I would see tons and tons of sad people who were crying and describing really grim realities of what it was like to live with a mental health disorder.  These images made me worry about what my future reality was going to be like.

Mental Health Awareness Month is so important to me,

because this is the month that is dedicated to talking about and spreading hope and good faith about mental illness.  Although mental health awareness for me is everyday, I am glad that there is a time that the world acknowledges mental health and are becoming more familiar with the topic and the cause.  There is such a long way to go of course, but this month for me instills a sense of pride. I can share all that I know and have experienced with others so that they can avoid some of the mistakes that I have made and also feel no shame about their illness.  While we have a long way to go, I am glad that we have May to spread the word and shatter the stigma that is so rampant.