What Mental Illness Feels Like

By: Justine Smith, New Media/Web Content Coordinator

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May is Mental Health Month and this year’s theme focuses on Life with a Mental Illness. 

Whether you have a mental illness or you know someone who does, all are invited to share what a mental illness feels like through photos, words, video, etc. with the hashtag #mentalillnessfeelslike.

According to Mental Health America, “sharing is the key to breaking down negative attitudes and misperceptions surrounding mental illnesses, and to show others that they are not alone in their feelings and their symptoms.”

To help erase the stigma surrounding mental health and mental illness, here are some of the best visual representations and quotes about mental health we found. Share yours in the comment section below! 

If phyical ailments were treated like mental illness

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Remember, use the hashtag #mentalillnessfeelslike on social media during May. Everything will be collected at http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/feelslike.

 

3 thoughts on “What Mental Illness Feels Like

  1. Very powerful images and messages. May we be caring and compassionate about mental illness, and continue to learn more, to be more understanding. Thank you!

  2. Mental illness isn’t as bad as “you’re crazy” … as comebacks for almost nothing from family that know your problem. Can make a person feel more than labeled, want to run away from family even. Mental illness can start with a lot of pressures, can come from one situation, or from many… A person learns that a psychiatrist can’t deal with the problem, only they can find a way to deal with it. And when family cops out making hurtful accusations during a small argument, meant to humiliate the mentally ill, and they don’t realize how much that person has overcome, and how a stereo type of a mentally ill person, will just finally drive the person from your life forever. A mentally ill person has to learn to cope in many ways, even with doctors who really don’t have a clue. I took myself off meds and find I cope with a patterned life and my pets’ help. Meditating “heal” while exhaling. Or one positive word to myself as I exhale at night. My best asset at the moment, as stress/anxiety and “loss of reality” feeling I can’t cope and losing my mind, stops now with the extreme anxiety; as now, the anxiety just causes me basically to “pass out.” Self defense mechanism. We all have them, mentally ill learn to have more of them, if they learn to survive well. I can live without anyone as long as I have my pets and my computer. Seems like something that needs to be changed to someone else. But it’s what works for me.

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