Check out the blog I wrote, “Mental Illness: A Misunderstood Disease” on the site, Familiar Minds. It’s a great blog which discusses mental illness. People share their personal stories of friends and family, who have illnesses. In the blog, I share some myths that people have about mental illness. The myths are based on my experiences with friends and family, who have mental illnesses or depression. Teens should educate themselves too, since illnesses can start during the teen years. I am sharing these myths, so people can help friends and family get the help they need. As many of you may know, discussing mental health is very “hush-hush” or taboo in the African-American community, as well as other communities of color. Many people don’t want to talk about or hide it from others. I hope my blog post will encourage an open dialogue and help to alleviate the shame people have about mental illness.
I met Jen a little over a year ago at a leadership seminar hosted by the organization where I work in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. I immediately connected with her and her young daughter Dawn. Little did I know, Jen and I would share a deeper connection over both having a loved one with mental illness. In this piece, Jen takes on the many misconceptions about mental illness. An honest reflection on one’s own misconceptions and ignorance is most definitely a prerequisite for eliminating the stigma of mental illness.
Mental Illness: A Misunderstood Disease
If you think mental illness is like the 1970s Jack Nicholson movie, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” then you may need to update your knowledge of mental illness. Like Beyonce said, “Let me upgrade you.” There are many books and organizations to help you learn more about this misunderstood illness. Understanding the kinds of depression…
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