“I want to take away the shame of it. I want people to be able to say, this is a thing that I'm living with and there's nothing wrong with that….we, we need to normalize it the same way that someone, you know, with diabetes needs to manage insulin the same way someone with a blood pressure problem needs to take a pill for that….Just it's a thing that people have, and it can be a scary, but it doesn't have to be. ”
- CAITLIN COLEMAN
Look, everyone reading this has been affected by mental health issues in some way or another. Whether you or your people have experienced depression, anxiety, bipolarity amongst others, you know the dark ripple effect these diseases can have throughout our communities.
And still: there’s a stigma around discussing these conditions. It’s an anachronistic, up-by-the-bootstraps attitude that helps no one. And frankly, it only helps keep these diseases in the darkness, where they grow and metastasize.
But light is the best disinfectant. And the best way to shed light on these topics is through language, through story and feeling. It’s through listening.
That’s what we aimed to do in TAKE AWAY THE SHAME: we want to dismantle the stigma around discussing mental health, by listening to the lived stories of those who have experienced the worst of it first-hand...and survived.
And most importantly, if your or your loved ones are experiencing a mental health crisis, please reach out for help. Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800 273 8255.