Feelings And Your Mental Health Is Important

Feelings And Your Mental Health Is Important

Feelings and mental health is important because it’s a essential part of your life and impacts your thoughts, behaviors, and your emotions… It plays an important part in the health of your relationships and allows you to adapt to changes in your life and cope with difficulties.

Good evening everyone, I hope you all are having a great day Sunday.

If you are feeling down or you don’t feel motivated today I am here to help that. I am going to help you revalue yourself. I am going to help you love yourself again. I’m going to help you care for you.

Most times, those of us with a mental illness, don’t feel pretty, or we don’t feel worthy, or we don’t feel love, or loved. But that stops now! No negative at all, all positive vibes.

You can use some of these tips to rebalance yourself, or to even keep balance.

Value yourself:

Treat yourself kindness and respect. Avoid self-criticism, and make time for some of your favorite hobbies, your favorite projects, or even take some dance classes. How you think about yourself can have a big effect on how you feel. Practice words that promotes feelings of self worth, like personal power.

Take good care of your body:

Taking care of yourself physically, can actually improve your mental health. Be sure that you eat nutritious foods, and remember to always drink plenty of water. One other thing, which helps decrease depression and anxiety, is exercising, it also improves your moods. Also, make sure you get as much sleep as you can, enough sleep. Lack of sleep contributes to a very high rate of depression. Mainly in college students.

Give yourself:

Help someone who may be in need of help. Volunteer your time and energy to help the needy. You’ll feel so good about doing something tangible for someone. It’s also a good way to meet new people.

Surround yourself around positive people:

Some people have stronger family support than others, but that’s okay because there are activities to get out and meet new people. Those with the strong support system, social connections are generally healthier than those who lack support. But there are support groups, you can meet new people at a club. Make plans with supportive people, it can be family members, or close friends. Surround yourself around people who care for you, people who got your back, people who are there to pick up your slack. Not just anyone.

Learn how to do deal with stress:

Whether you like it or not, stress is actually apart of life. There are ways to practice good coping skills: try Tai chi, or take a natural walk, or try writing in your journal as a stress reducer. Remember to smile, and see the humor in life. Many research shows that laughter is good and can boost your immune system, relax your body, ease pain and reduce stress.

Quiet your mind:

You can meditating, mindfulness, or even prayer. Relaxation exercises and prayer can improve your state of mind, and outlook on life. Meditation may help you feel more calm, and it would enhance the effects of therapy. There’s many resources on personal well-being.

Get help when you need it:

Honestly seeking help is a sign of strength— not weakness! If you get the appropriate care, and help, you can recover from mental illness, and addiction, and live a very rewarding life.

Practice forgiveness:

If it’s forgiving that person who cut u off completely, forgive them. Those who forgive have better mental health, and be more satisfied with their life.

Feeling stressed? Than smile:

It might not be the easiest thing to do, but smiling can keep you calm, as well as help your heart rate.

Do something with family and/or your friends:

Have a bbq or maybe a little cook out, play games in the backyard. Go to the park, take a walk and talk. Spending time with friends, or family, people are more likely to be happy.

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Mental Health: Overcoming The Stigma About Mental Illness

Mental Health: Overcoming The Stigma About Mental Illness

Flawed beliefs about mental illness can cause significant problems. There are different things you can do about the stigma. You can learn about what you can do about the stigma about mental illnesses.

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Stigma is when people view you in a very negative way because you have this thing called mental illness. It is very common nowadays for people with mental illnesses to be looked at with negative attitudes and beliefs. It’s crazy!

The stigma about mental illnesses, can lead to discrimination. Discrimination can be very direct and obvious, such as someone, or people making negative comments about your mental illness and treatment. Or maybe it can be unexpected or subtle, such as someone keeping away from you because the person may assume you’re unstable, dangerous, or crazy due to your mental illness. Sometimes, you may even judge yourself.

Some of the harmful results of stigma can include:

Unwilling to seek help or to seek treatment

Insufficiency of understanding by friends, family, workers, or others

Trouble finding housing, fewer opportunities for work, or school

Harassment, or physical violence

Insurance that doesn’t fully cover your mental health treatment

The belief that you will never succeed at certain challenges or that you can’t make better your situation

There are ways that you can cope, and deal with the stigma.

Here are some ways you can deal with the stigma:

  • Get treatment. You May be unwilling to actually admit that you need treatment. Do not let that fear of being labeled with a mental illness stop you from seeking help. Getting treatment can actually give you relief by recognizing what’s wrong and decreasing symptoms that intervene with your personal life or even your work.
  • Don’t let the stigma about mental illnesses create shame, or self doubt. Stigma does not just come from others. You may actually think by mistake that your condition is a sign of weakness, and that you’re able, or should be able to control it, without help. Getting counseling, and actually educating yourself on your mental illness, and connecting with different people who have mental illness, can really help you overcome destructive self-judgement.
  • Do not isolate yourself from others. If you have a mental illness, you may be unwilling to tell others about it. Family or friends can offer you support if they know about your mental illness. Make sure it’s people you trust, but reach out to people for the compassion, understanding, and support that you need.
  • Don’t equate yourself with your mental illness. You are not your illness Don’t say “I’m bipolar,” say “I have bipolar disorder.” There’s a difference.
  • Speak out and about the stigma. It can really help introduce courage in others that’s facing the same challenges, while also educating the public about mental illnesses.

Don’t give up! Keep fighting! Keep pushing! And get the help that you need! You can do it! Face mental illnesses!

I’m owning my life and my story and I refuse to allow people to control how I feel about myself or how I view myself. — Face Depression

If you’re dealing with a mental illness get the help that you need. Don’t be ashamed about it because no one is perfect. We all need help at some point in our lives. And if you hear someone talking negative stigma about mental illnesses, just tell them they wouldn’t make fun of someone with cancer.

Maia Campbell From The 1994 Sitcom “In The House” And “Seventeen Again” Where Is She Now?

Maia Campbell From The 1994 Sitcom “In The House” And “Seventeen Again” Where Is She Now?

The most prettiest face that was on tv. Beautiful hair, beautiful smile, and beautiful skin. I use to watch the shows and movies just because she’s in it. Maia was deemed one of the most beautiful women in the entertainment industry. But unfortunately, things went downhill for her.

Maia Campbell

Maia Campbell(born November 26, 1976) is an American film, television actress and also model. She’s best known for her role playing Tiffany Warren in the sitcom In The House for five seasons. (1995-1998) Along with LL cool J, Debbie Allen, Jeffery Wood.

In The House 1994

I’m sure everyone remembers her from television.

Maia was the beauty of the tv show. With that beautiful hair, her beautiful healthy skin, and her beautiful smile that shined so brightly, I thought she was the prettiest girl on tv. I Grew up watching her on the shows In The House, Seventeen Again, and Trippin. She was nominated for a Young Artist Award in the category best performance in 1996.

She’s also known for her role as Shante, Lucky’s cousin, in the movie Poetic Justice. 1993

Poetic Justice

Maia Campbell is from Takoma Park, Maryland. She is the only daughter of author Bebe Moore Campbell and Tiko Campbell, an architect and author from Washington D.C. She was raised in the Ladera Heights section of Los Angeles. Maia Campbell went to college in Atlanta Georgia, Spelman. She was the only child, and was raised in the Ladera Heights section of Los Angeles. Maia went to college in Atlanta Georgia, Spelman.

One of her mother’s books is called 72 Hour Hold, it’s about a mother(Keri) struggling with her daughter’s mental illness(bipolar disorder) and her trials of getting treatment through a woefully poor mental health care system. Her mother learns that a seventy-two hour hold is the only help you can get when an adult child starts to spiral out of control. Maia was diagnosed with bipolar disorder right after being on In The House.

One book by Maia Campbell Mother, Bebe Moore Campbell. 72 Hour Hold

Campbell’s mother Elizabeth Bebe Moore Campbell Gordon was also penned for Essence in the 70s– she wrote four New York Times’ bestsellers and was a mental health advocate. Bebe Campbell was also a founding member of National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

Shortly after leaving the show In The House, Maia Campbell had given birth to a beautiful baby girl named Elizabeth Gutierrez, in the year 2000. She was married to Elias Gutierrez in 1998. But the relationship just didn’t work for them and they ended up getting a divorce in 2002. She lost the custody over her daughter due to her health condition, and not taking her medication.

Maia Campbell and her baby girl Elizabeth in 2000

Maia Campbell’s mother(Bebe Campbell) passed away on November 27, 2006 and Maia’s life fell apart! Her mother died from brain cancer to be exact, and after that, that’s when Maia’s life fell right off track.

(Left) Bebe Moore Campbell And Maia Campbell (Right)

Everything spiraled out of control for her. Campbell revealed some years later that her mother’s death hit her hard, although they were mentioned to be estranged when she passed. This beautiful actress has had many rocky roads. Everything seemed to be falling apart for Maia especially after she refused to take her medications, and stopped her treatment. She has even been arrested over the years.

Maia was arrested for drug possession, prostitution, and disorderly conduct.

Maia Campbell’s mugshot

LL Cool J’s ex co-star Maia Campbell has been arrested for causing a drunken scene at a Waffle House. Maia Campbell should have just ordered in. She got busted at the restaurant in 2015. Cops got called to the restaurant for the former “In The Housestar was allegedly wasted to the max, and causing a scene. Officers did give her a chance to leave on her own, but she refused— and then left in handcuffs… and she was booked with disorderly conduct.

Not to long after that Campbell was arrested in Atlanta for going off in a Burger King. She cussed out a family member, accusing their child of stealing her wallet, and called the arresting officer a “fu**ing fa**ot!” It was said Maia denied using foul words, and claimed to only speak the “King’s language”- – which is either some strange BK dialect or maybe she even meant the Queen’s English. Not sure.

Maia Campbell was arrested 2015

Maia Campbell’s arrests had many people talking, and wondering what could have caused her to fall so low? What caused her life to go down the hole? She just clearly disappeared from the tv shows, and so much more. Her daughter!

But not taking care of yourself, and not taking your medications what do you expect to happen? It surely won’t be anything good. Maia Campbell we are all praying for you!

Unlike most people dealing with addiction and mental illness, Maia Campbell’s struggles was out in the opening for everyone to see. Her struggles has always been front and center. As a child of a lauded author, getting her first role at age 16, the actor dealt with her issues in the most public stages.

Sadly, while she should have been embraced and helped, most have consumed her pain for fame. Or should I say for fodder— enabled by phone cameras, social media and ignorance.

What Maia is going through isn’t a joke, it’s not funny at all. She should not be all over the internet like that. She is sick and she is lost, people should not be recording her or taking pictures of her, she’s somebody’s daughter and someone’s mother. Putting her in the spotlight to get a little fame, or recognition just shows you are in fact sick for recording it in the beginning!

I bet if it was your family member you wouldn’t like it. If that was your mother I’m sure you wouldn’t be recording it like this. Making fun of someone who’s sick, just remember karma’s a b$%$#!! Just plain ignorance. Mental illnesses are serious, and she’s dealing with a bipolar disorder, and it’s severe!

Maia Campbell, I’m not sure if you’ll ever see this but I want you to know that there’s nothing wrong with getting, or needing help. Bipolar disorder is very serious. Without getting the help that you need your life is history, and it doesn’t have to be like this. There’s plenty help for it, it’s just up to you whether you want the help.

You’re still a beautiful famous actress, mistakes happen and nobody’s perfect. I can only imagine the heartache you have because of your mother, do what you got to do to show your mother that you love her. All she ever wanted was you to get help, and take your medicine to get better. She’s looking down on you, you have a beautiful angel watching over you, as well as your daughter too. She needs you.

If you won’t do it for your mother, baby, do it for your daughter! She needs her mother, every child needs their mother. A mother’s love is all your daughter wants. She wants her mother to get well, so that you could be there for her.

Maia and her daughter Elizabeth

Ain’t nothing like having your mother around. Just imagine the heartache your daughter is feeling, just as you’re feeling about the loss of your mother. You have a beautiful beautiful daughter, ain’t nothing like having your mother. Maia baby girl I’m praying for you. I’m praying God strengthens you to pull through this. I’m praying to God that you go and get the help that you need and stick to it. Do it for Elizabeth! She would be so proud. I would be so proud of you! We would all be proud of you.

Growing up you was one of my favorite actresses. I thought you was the most prettiest girl in the world, on tv, and you are still a beautiful person inside and out. Do it for your daughter, pull through this, and push harder.

Actress Maia Campbell
Actress Maia Campbell and her daughter Elizabeth

Bipolar disorder disorder is a condition that affects the brain in a way that can cause severe mood swings that conflict in length. People with bipolar disorder can go from mania(the “highs”)—feeling blissful or revved up and irritable— to depression (the “lows”)— feeling down or hopeless. These highs and lows are called “episodes.”

Bipolar disorder is sometimes referred to as manic depression. There is no cure, but for many many people, the symptoms can be controlled with treatment. Some people may experience mood swings that are less severe than a full manic episode, known as hypomania. It just depends.

Maia Campbell, the most important thing I want you to know is that you are not alone!! Don’t worry about what others say, there’s many other people that traveled the path to a diagnosis and it started with talking to their doctor, or counselor. Get the help that you need so that you can start to heal, Maia. Talk to someone. We all fall short sometimes, and we all have ups and downs, but you pick yourself up again and try again! We have all needed some help in life, we’re all human.

Nowadays people are so quick to pass judgment, so quick to try and get a little fame, they see you struggling but it’s funny! Recording you, taking pictures of you during your struggle, and putting it all over the internet so that people can talk about you.

This is Maia Campbell (left) and an Atlanta rapper named T Hood(right) at a gas station in Georgia. He was actually there recording her on live!

A Atlanta rapper named T Hood, recorded Maia Campbell at a gas station in Georgia, it’s obvious she wasn’t in her right mind at all. She’s just in a bra and underwear. In the video that he’s recording he tells her to pump his gas, and you can hear her asking to buy drugs.

Atlanta rapper records Maia Campbell begging for drugs

Why do her like that?! She had some teeth missing in the video, and she mentioned being raped with a condom and that it wasn’t human. Horrible! Maia also struggled with substance abuse. This is so sad that Maia Campbell is going through this difficult time. And the people around her just want a little shine. LL Cool J saw the video surfing all over the internet, the video had over 20 million views.

LL Cool J sees the video, and his response was…

LL Cool J is right though!!

Why are people so quick to pull out their phones and record people down and out? Someone who once was a celebrity at that. LL Cool J also asked his fans to help him locate Campbell to get her the help that she needs, because Campbell’s struggle with substance abuse had been a tumultuous one. She has relapsed in the past, and she’s also maintained sobriety.

The rapper from Atlanta who recorded her said he is not sorry or concerned with the actress well-being while attempting to push a narrative of race and denouncing her battle with bipolar disorder. His words were…

Y’all n****s would not be mad if I posted a white girl,” he said in an Instagram video by way of Straight From The A. “If I would have ran into muthaf***king Hillary Duff/ Lizzy McGuire and she was asking for crack and [was] sucking d**k at the gas station for money for crack, I would have posted her, too.”

Just because she was a black actress from back in the day, who we already all know from Redan. She been on the block for years. We been knew this b***h. She been doing dumb sh*t. Went in the industry got geek up f**ked all in the streets, n***as sent her back to Atlanta and she got geeked up some more. This ain’t no mental disorder this b***h is just high as f**k.”

Atlanta rapper says he’s not sorry

Wow!! Atl rapper went off! He talked some smack but not to long afterwards he apologized about it!!

Atlanta rapper’s apology

Maia Campbell also responds back to LL Cool J. She said she doesn’t need any help, just a benefit concert for mental health.

What sense did it make to record her like that anyways? What did recording her prove? Maia Campbell is a mother, she has a daughter!

LL Cool J tried reaching out to her, and a few days later Maia responds in a video.

Maia Campbell rejects LL Cool J’s help

She’s saying she don’t need the help but she really does! Those pictures don’t even look like her.

It’s really true that you can’t help a person who doesn’t want to help themselves! You can’t help a person that doesn’t want to be helped.

It’s so hurtful, and I don’t even know her personally. All I know is Maia Campbell has had it hard! A beautiful woman, a beautiful actress, and all people are worried about is backlash, and putting you out here like you’re trash!

Even though it’s been many years ago, I hope that Maia Campbell is okay. I pray that she does decide to get the help that she needs especially for her illness. Her daughter is in my prayers also, I know it’s hard for her as well, she needs her mother. I’m not sure who’s her guardian, but I pray that she’s okay and in a safe place. I pray that God wraps his arms around her and let her know that everything will be okay, and to keep praying for her mother, and praying that she gets the help that she needs, because without it, her illness will proceed.

Also, in 2016 we were all excitedly provided with an update on Maia’s progress. It seemed as if her life was back on track as she joined the season two cast of From The Bottom Up. Maia was featured on the Centric TV reality series to highlight her fight to regain control of her life and to mend fences with her estranged daughter. On the show it, it was clear that Maia was indenial of her struggles and at one point she was missing.

In effort to locate her, actress Chrystale Wilson contacted Maia’s Godmother to find out if she was okay. Maia’s Godmother revealed that she was in fact in a safe place, but she still was experiencing problems. One of the reasons why Maia was still experiencing some challenges, according to her Godmother, was her inability to admit that she needed help.

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New Blog Name New Blog Change… Face Depression

New Blog Name New Blog Change… Face Depression

You are not alone. Together we can prove all the stigma around mental illnesses wrong!!!

Good afternoon everyone!! I hope you all are having a great and blessed day. I hope you all enjoyed your Labor Day. My day is going good so far I can’t complain. My son Jayden keeps me going even when I feel I don’t have the energy. School is back in session for the kids, and man did the summer go by quick huh?! Jayden goes to a better school that is close to his dad’s house, because the schools located by me are horrible. Nowadays the teachers just doesn’t care to actually teach like they use too. So as I was saying, he goes to a better school by his daddy and he is doing so much better there! Yay!! I actually love the school and before switching my son Jayden, I had already heard so many good things about the school. So I decided to give the schools a try. He went from one school to the other, and he went from doing not so good to doing great! I saw the difference from the change, and it’s awesome! I’m so proud, I’m one proud mother of one. He comes by me on the weekend and this weekend it was a holiday right behind it, Labor Day which was Monday and he also had Tuesday off. He went back to school Wednesday, he’s not far from me at all and even though I see him everyday, I still always miss him when he is gone. But, his education comes first, and the first school he was attending was horrible and they had so many complaints. So, I had to do what was best for him, and his education.

My son Jayden and I. He’s my pride and my joy.

My son’s father and I do whatever it takes to make sure our son is okay, and taken care of. From spending time with him and showing him what love really is, to showing him how important an education is, and that you can’t make it without it. Showing him life is what you make of it, so enjoy it. Teaching him right from wrong, because doing wrong gets you nowhere in life.

That’ll be another discussion, and another post that I will talk about. Upholding your kids when they do wrong.

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It’s Been Awhile… But I’m Still Alive

It’s Been Awhile… But I’m Still Alive
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Hello everyone!! I know it’s been awhile, but I had to take care of me. It got to a point to where I lost so much weight, and I’m already a petite woman. My weight has been going up and down for some time now. My normal weight would be 114 and I had gone down to as low as 90 pounds. Oh my God right?! I’m not perfect at all, and i am also still working on me, and I’m doing so much better now. I am now at 104 pounds, and i plan to keep it this way. Sometimes I get so stressed and depressed to where I won’t eat, it’s not purposely, but if you deal with major depression, or any other mental illness you’ll understand. My doctors are so caring, it could be after business hours and she/or he would call me just to make sure i’m okay, or just to let me know that someone actually cares. They would call just to make sure I ate something that day, even if it’s eating on crackers, or a sandwich, but making sure I drink plenty fluids, especially water. I have great doctors!! They’ll call amd check up on me, motivate me, while also helping me. 

While doing all that, they also reminded me that my son Jayden needs his mother, also he needs his mother to be strong! He needs his mother to be healthy! I can’t be strong or healthy not eating or drinking anything. Like I said, it’s not purposely, but after 2/14/2019 I made a commitment to myself, no matter how depressed or stressed I may get I will make myself eat and drink something, I can’t and won’t keep doing this to myself. 

I decided that my health is way more important. Major depressive disorder and anxiety isn’t easy at all, or any other mental illness, and being around negative people, isn’t healthy. I stay in a house with 6 adults and 5 kids and I only have 1 child, there’s no peace, no quiet, no privacy, and last but not least, no understanding. My mental illness is crazy to them.

To them, my depression isn’t serious!! I can just snap out of it to them. Which we all know, it doesn’t work like that! We all wish that it would and could though right??! Depression is real! Depression can also be very severe. My depression so serious to where my doctor’s are trying to sign me up for disability. But to my family it’s not.

“You have no reason to be depressed,” or “I’ve had depression but it went right away.” This is what I hear all the time. Oh yeah and, “You choose to be this way.” Really?! Who would choose to be sad everyday? Who would choose to have a fight everyday with their mind? Who would choose to have all those different emotions and feelings everyday? Who would choose to just wake up in despair everyday? Who would choose not to eat on purpose?

Being around all that would really take a toll on you. Lately I’ve been in good spirit, and I’m not letting no one get to me anymore. I have to do better for my son and I, and that I am doing. I got a call for a 2 bedroom apartment, and I thank God for it. That’ll be a great start for my son and I, and also a peace of mind.

I’m not complaining but staying in a crowded house, plus having a mental illness, hearing nothing but negativity, no understanding about your mental illness, no peace and quiet, and people saying “you’re crazy” or you chose to be that way,” is stressful. Also, it’s not good for your health or your mental health.

This is why I understand those who struggle alone, and have no one to lean on. Some people are just careless, and ignorant. They sound just the way they talk… Ignorant.

But you are not alone, and I’m one good example. There’s plenty other people struggling but won’t come out with it because of the negativity and ignorance people say. Mainly family members.

Getting help and knowing you need help is just showing how strong you are, and that you care enough to get help and knowing what people say doesn’t matter!!

P.s sorry everyone for the long long absence to all my followers… I’m doing great, I’m much better than ever and eating everyday, and taking my medicine everyday how I am supposed too. 🥰🥰😘😘 I hope each and everyone of you have a great and blessed day/week.

Happy Mother’s Day!!

Happy Mother’s Day!!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there!! We don’t always do what we want to do but we always do what we have to do. We are all so very strong, and no matter what we always get the job done, and we make sure nothing goes undone for our child/children. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY EVERYONE!!

P.s I know it’s been awhile but my next post will tell you why. Talk to you guys tomorrow. I hope everyone enjoyed their day today!! You deserve it! We all do! 🥰😘

Ways To End The Stigma Around Mental Illnesses

Ways To End The Stigma Around Mental Illnesses

Everyone knows about the stigma around mental illnesses. Everyone knows the harsh, and hurtful things that’s been said, and still being said today, about people who struggle with a mental illness. All the stigma needs to end, because we are all humans. Just because someone has cancer does that make them different? No right? Ok. Just because someone has a mental illness, that doesn’t make them different. The mental illness doesn’t define them. Calling someone with a mental illness ‘crazy’ or ‘insane’ or saying “suck it up” or “you chose to be this way” won’t make things go away. It’ll make things worse, and they’ll just isolate themselves. Take time to learn about mental illnesses, and ways to help your loved one, or whomever. Do research on the mental illness your loved one, or friend, is dealing with, and educate yourself about other types of mental illnesses. 

Stop with all the negative, hurtful, and ignorant, remarks about people with mental illnesses. Those people with a mental illness are still humans, and they do have feelings! Showing some compassion to those who struggle with a mental illness, would be classy! Being judged for something you can’t control, and others think you can control it, if you just tried to. You can’t, and won’t understand something, if you haven’t gone through it. All of the negative stigma, causes those with a mental illness, to not get help. Feeling ashamed, and embarrassed, they rather deal with it, on their own. And that is a lot of baggage! Stop the stigma about mental illnesses, especially if it’s something you’ve never had to deal with or, if you’ve never experienced it. How can you judge it? 

Stop the stigma around mental illnesses,  give those who struggle with a mental illness reassurance, and a listening ear for a change. Like I said, show some compassion. Listen, and let those explain the pain, feelings, guilt, emotions, and thoughts of having a mental illness, and the nightmare days it brings with it. Showing people with a mental illness reassurance, and letting them know that having a mental illness is okay, would help them open up, and talk about it. Stop saying things like “you’re crazy” or “you’re retarded,” because words do matters! Choose your words carefully, what you say is important. Try being supportive and helpful. Avoiding those stigmatizing statements, could actually help stop the shame and fear that’s regularly linked with mental illness. Those people living with depression fear being judged, and that right there, is a big reason people avoid healing, avoid getting treatment. 

No one expects their loved one or friend to “get over” cancer or diabetes, but it’s regularly the response when someone with depression expresses his or her feelings and emotions. “get over it” might be the worst thing anyone can say to someone with depression. “Clinical depression is definitely not a choice. No one chooses to be depressed. Come on now. Also, no depression is neither a moral failing, a weakness of will or a ghost of the imagination. Depression is a medical disorder, a biological disruption of brain chemistry linked to and triggered by some combination of genetics, family history, past trauma, stress and other elements.

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Some other ways to end the stigma about/around mental illnesses.

Talk openly about mental health, put the shame, and embarrassment to an end. 

Show those who talk negative about people with mental illnesses, that you aren’t crazy and that you’re going to make it. Show them that you aren’t insane, you have a brain, just like them, your brain just overthinks at times. 

Encourage equality between physical and mental illness.

Choose empowerment over shame.

Be conscious of language.

Treat those with a mental illness with dignity and some respect.

Stop using degrading words about people with a mental illness.

Don’t ever assume someone is okay just because they look or act okay or sometimes smile or laugh.

Depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses can often be hidden, but the person can actually still be in considerable internal distress. Support them, provide reassurance especially, when you know someone is struggling to manage their mental illness.

Finding different opportunities to pass on facts and positive attitudes about people with mental health problems, is a great start.

Stop using hurtful, and derogatory languages, the way you speak can affect the way other people think and speak. Simple

Promote positive messages of respect, hope, and, recovery, on social media. Everywhere.

For many who already carry such a heavy burden, stigma is an unacceptable addition to their pain.

Educate yourself and others.

Don’t be insensitive or blame people with mental illnesses.

Be aware of your behaviour and attitudes. You can change the way you think. See people as humans and not as labels, or stereotypes. See far pass a person’s mental health.



For those struggling with a mental illness, don’t be ashamed or embarrassed because you have no reason to be. Get the help you need, don’t try to do it on your own because you won’t succeed. It’ll just get worse, and that won’t be a good outcome. Put your mental health first, get the help you need, and watch the difference. I promise you, getting the help that you need, and making sure you take all your medicines, give yourself time to heal, and staying away from the negative, things can and will get better.