Three Ways to Help/Harm Someone With Mental Illness

I have suffered with anxiety and depression since I was a teenager, oh so many years ago. Yet, I rarely equate that with my own thoughts of mental illness. I do know that I am more apt to respond to someone who expresses genuine care rather than just telling me to “put on your big girl panties and get over it.” If it were that easy, I wouldn’t have had to deal with it all these many years.

Which is why this post caught my attention this evening. If you suffer from mental illness or have a loved one who does, it is a post you should read and share. While his list of do’s and don’ts are by no means exhaustive, it’s a good start.

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Confessions

As an individual who has struggled (and still struggles) through major bouts of depression and anxiety, I can say that there is one issue with Mental Health that always needs to be addressed. That issue just so happens to Mental Health Awareness/Education. I believe that Mental Health is a polarizing topic that divides people into one of three groups:

  1. The Ill
    • This person is the one actively dealing with the Mental Health issue. Mental Health America states that there are over 200 forms of mental illness on record. It is also categorized that at least 18% of the American population deals with some sort of Anxiety disorder on a normal basis (National Alliance on Mental Illness). NAMI also states that somewhere between 6-7% of adults deal with severe depression daily. Safe to say that this is an issue that has huge implications and even greater devastation in the…

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