I chose to talk about this topic because it is very dear to me. Knowing that there are so many people out there who are suffering and feeling alone breaks my heart.
O’Connor chose to reach out to us and asked us for help. I am glad to know that she is now safe and sound; however, there are so many people who still haven’t found the help that they need.
As O’Connor mentioned, stigma is whats killing people not having a mental illness. 1 in 4 people have a mental illness and there are too many people who are isolated and ashamed about their mental health. Your attitude towards mental health has a huge impact on a persons life. Almost 9 out of 10 people who are suffering from a mental illness have said that stigma has a negative effect on their lives.
Society has stereotyped views regarding mental health. They believe that people who are suffering from a mental illness are violent; however, they are more at risk of harming themselves or being attacked. O’Connor explained how whenever she felt angry she never lashed out on people, instead she wrote angry emails which is understandable. However, this made people feel scared of her. Throughout her life she lacked the loving support from family and friends and found her way battling her demons on her own. After posting a video of herself pleading for help, she has finally found the help that she needs.
I honestly hope you know that you are NOT alone. There are so many people out there battling the same mental illness and I really do wish that each and every person who is suffering knows that they have a beautiful soul and that the world needs them.
If you are feeling alone, simply contact me so that you can feel reassured that you do have somebody out there who cares. If you are feeling suicidal I strongly suggest that you seek immediate help because this world will NOT be a better place without you. Lastly, I also suggest that one finds time to talk about their issues with their family or friends. I know it might feel scary and you might feel vulnerable but keeping it all in will not help anybody. Eventually people will understand, and if not, remember that there are people out there who do!
I would like to end this post with a quote. “Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all” – Bill Clinton
Remember, that you are strong, you are beautiful and you are most definitely not alone!