The Wellness Movement’s Shaming of People With Mental Illness

8 thoughts on “The Wellness Movement’s Shaming of People With Mental Illness”

  1. Hannah, Thank you so much for this exceptionally well-written piece! Your words work into the ache with fierce gentleness. I am that woman in the audience who is silently screaming, begging for someone to tell them that they are not bad, they are not wrong; they are not a failure if meditation, yoga or coping skills does not work as it does for others.

    It wasn’t always the case. Before depression hit, I was a bright, bubbly personal fitness trainer. Mental health shaming can be subtle, insidious, and sometimes overtly vicious. Working in the wellness industry, I tried my heart out to “heal” my depression. It’s taken several years, but finally I understand the destructiveness of this approach x


    1. Oh wow!! Thank you SO much for sharing this part of your story. I am so happy to hear that you have come to a place of acceptance. Your story is very impactful because you have been there, and still recognize the pain of mental illness. Let’s continue to spread awareness together. Thank you Kimberlee!


  2. Hannah, you are doing a great job speaking up for the mentally ill. So much to talk about. We (parents and families) need so much help navigating the complex mental health system. Many, many of us are dependent on government assistance and Medicare for adult children with mental illness. This is a godsend but also a nightmare. Keep the conversation going…will do anything I can to help.


  3. Thank you. Thank you thank you thank you. I’ve recently been trying to undo all the “spiritual bypassing” I’ve learned from working in the wellness industry. I’ve realized how harmful some of the ideas have been for my ability to care for my mental health, and this post has helped me to feel like I’m not being irrational for thinking these ideas can actually be harmful! This has given me the confidence to get the proper treatment I really need, so thank you, really. You might be the one who’s done the act of seeing and saved a person’s life today ❤ I am looking forward to reading through more of your blog posts!


    1. Wow!! Thank you so much for sharing that! I am so happy you have gotten to a place where you have accepted yourself. You are incredible! Sending love and thank you again!


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