CURE STIGMA – MENTAL HEALTH MONTH

Americans observe the month of May as Mental Health Month, to assist with raising awareness about the one of five Americans who are affected by a mental illness. This year, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) chose to promote the theme of “CureStigma”. Stigma is defined as, “a mark of disgrace or infamy; a stain or reproach, as on one’s reputation.” Living with any type of medical condition is draining enough, but when as a society people stigmatize you because you are living with a mental illness, it can bring on more feelings of shame and silence.

Read my full blogpost at Center for Change’s website…

https://centerforchange.com/cure-stigma-mental-health-month/

How Becoming an Activist Helped my Mental Health

This past month I had the incredible opportunity in participating in my first protest, as well as an annual diabetes advocacy event called Call to Congress in Washington, D.C. I often say to people that being an activist is one of the best things that I’ve ever done for my mental health. When I kept my secrets of living with type 1 diabetes and/or an eating disorder, it was me that was struggling, not anyone else. This is why I love the quote from Brene Brown that says, “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy–the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”

Read the rest of my blogpost on Center for Change’s website…

https://centerforchange.com/how-becoming-an-activist-helped-my-mental-health/