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The topic of mental illnesses always seems to make people uncomfortable. It isn’t something you see on a person physically, and one out of four people suffer from these disorders everyday of their lives. The issue with this isn’t the ones who suffer from it, it’s the way the world criticizes them, for having it. The truth is, you wouldn’t tell someone with cancer, to just get over it; so why would you tell someone with depression, or anxiety, or even OCD to get over their situation? Being critical towards these illnesses only leads those who have them to isolate themselves and to push away others. Yet, when that person commits suicide, all of a sudden people want to be concerned, which is when it is much too late. As someone who suffers from a mental illness, I understand what it’s like. When you look at a person, for example, myself, you wouldn’t even think that I’ve been admitted to a mental hospital, or that I’m 100% anxious all of the time- which I believe is what more people need to be informed about. There’s people who have mental illnesses, who can’t get the help they need. There’s people who you wouldn’t even believe suffer from these illnesses everyday, but they do it, and put up with the discriminatory remarks and the dismissal of ones that go through it. Imagine yourself, going through something that no one can see from just looking at you, and you harm yourself in order to cope with it all, because you’re in fear of telling someone, in fear of being judged or treated different. We can not have that fear anymore. This is the 21st century, and the time is now to do something about this fear- this fear of being percieved as “crazy” for having a mental illness, which, let me tell you, mental health is just as important as anything else.
The stigma against people with mental disorders is never going to go away 100%, unfortunately. But we can all help limit the judgement towards the beings that go through it. So today, I ask for all of you, each and every one of you, to help destigmatize the way most of the world feels about mental illnesses. Someone you know may be diagnosed with one, and others may be so afraid to even ask for help. We need to reach out, and show the victims that they are not alone, and we need to hear them out, and if we ourselves can not help them, to lead them to the people that can help them. This is the time, now is the time to open up and be a friend to those in need, no matter who it is, because really, you don’t know a person until you’re in their shoes, and you may not have any idea of what they’re really going though, emotionally, physically, or even mentally.
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