I have a dream that one day people will be able to be as open about their mental health conditions as they are about having the ‘flu. It’s a dream I’ve had for a long time. It’s a dream that I am getting ready to put into action. The best place to begin, is at LST. The best way to begin, is to pray. It’s scary! The idea of making public my dreams, thoughts and story that I have kept so secret for so long.
I recently realised that I couldn’t campaign against mental health stigma when I am still so afraid of being judged about my own condition. I still find myself disguising an ‘episode’ as bad asthma. It is a step I am finally willing to take. Prayers would be appreciated, because it’s scary!
I’m not advocating everyone telling everyone everything about themselves. But being honest about our struggles can give courage and hope to others if we are able to.
I have a dream that by being honest and bold and brave; I will be able to help others feel less shame about their stories.
So, I’m going to start praying, if you can: join me!