Please just listen

Day 18:  What do you wish people would understand in regards to mental illness and/or mental health?

This is an easy one.  I wish that people would stop any assumption or “common sense” understanding they think they have about a person with a mental illness.  Instead, I would request that they ask for the person’s experience of their mental illness and just listen!  Do not assume that the experience of depression is the same for everyone.

Secondly, I would love people to treat mental illnesses in exactly the same way as physical illnesses.  To see it as an illness of the mind, like an illness of the body.   Not as something to be scared of.  All medications cause side effects.  You take them for a heart condition and you take them for depression.

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