I have never been the type of person to worship the ground celebrities walk on. Although, I must admit the whole Kylie Jenner pregnancy chaos kept me up some nights. On a real note though, it is disappointing to see people with such a massive platform not taking a stand on anything in a society that needs people to utilize their voice for good. There is no real message, commitment or loyalty to the community that supports them. However, I am happy to say that it seems like this is changing. In this post, I share some significant celebs who are speaking up for mental health and using their platform to stand up to stigma. Read more
We have all seen the movie 10 Things I Hate About You, and Kat’s memorable speech to Heath Ledger at the end of the movie. Familiar? While reading this post, think about Stigma as if it is a person. Stigma has influenced many in society to make negative assumptions about mental health conditions. Stigma is like a bully.
1o things I hate about stigma… Read more
It does not matter if you have or do not have a mental disorder, stigma affects us all! Mental health is a hot topic right now, and it has never been more important to work as a community to reduce stigma. It is time we open up the mental health conversation on our terms this time!
9 ways to reduce the stigma of mental illness… Read more
Our ways of thinking may be different, our minds crafted differently, but who is to deem one mind more corrupt than the other.-Halfway2hannah
When a violent crime occurs, it is assumed that the perpetrator must have been mentally ill. Has someone with diabetes ever killed someone? Yes, but we do not hear of this in the media. “His blood sugar was low which caused him/her to carry out the mass shooting…” Has a young African-American male shot someone? Yes. Does that mean that all young African-American males are murderers? No! It is natural that we want to blame “others” for negative behaviors, because it refrains us from looking in the mirror and realizing that we are all capable of corruption. Stigma is a barrier that keeps people with a mental illness from progressing in society.
6 stereotypes that influence the publics negative perception of mental illness… Read more
It is ten minutes before I have to get up in front of a room full of people, and talk about my diagnosis of Bipolar II for the first time. I run into the bathroom, and vomit. I get up, wipe my face, reapply my lipstick and look in the mirror. I ask myself, “Why the hell are you doing this Hannah? You can live a good life without telling anyone.” Then I thought,”Because you are not ashamed anymore…”
This was the scene three years ago when I spoke about my diagnosis of Bipolar II for the first time at a mental health conference. People with mental illness, situational or long-term, are scared more of just uttering the sentence, “I have a mental illness,” then they are of skydiving. I have witnessed people wither away in their marriage, friendships and in daily life, due to this heavy weight on their shoulders and burning secret inside.
7 reasons why we should not feel ashamed about living with a mental illness… Read more
There are two things in this world that inspire me: A good glass of Vino and Ted Talk’s on mental health. These listed Ted Talk’s helped me come forward about my own diagnosis of Bipolar II disorder. Each Talk is completely different, and gives you a separate outlook on mental illness. You won’t regret watching! I would love to hear your comments about these Ted Talks. I hope some of you can find useful information, and a little bit of inspiration from these unbelievable individuals. Read more
These are some statements that should probably be avoided when speaking to someone with a mental illness or in a situation that causes them to have feelings of hopelessness. It is crucial for people to understand that the stigma around mental illness strongly influences our responses to family members or friends struggling. I am not an expert, but it might help to give suggestions about better ways to handle these moments. Basically I am trying to protect you from being called a huge doucher behind your back…you can thank me later.
10 things you should not say to someone with a mental illness… Read more