Woohoo! With this short and sweet post (possibly the shortest in my blog’s history!) I’ve finally caught up with the 30 Days of Mental Illness Awareness Challenge. Day sixteen asks how many people are you ‘out’ to with your mental illness(es)?
The answer is: everyone!
Given that everyone I know in real-life work for mental health organisations and everyone I’ve met online have been met through this blog, there’s no point hiding my mental illness(es).
And to be honest, I don’t want to hide them.
It shouldn’t matter that I have Bipolar, PTSD and Social Anxiety Disorder. None of these things define who I am because they are all just parts of me that anyone who matters should accept without question.
I spent nearly fifteen years of my life hiding my mental illness(es) from family, friends and girlfriends and all this brought me was more pain, chaos and emotional frustration.
I’m happy to be ‘out’ because I’m tired of lying to the world about who I am.
Because, quite frankly, I shouldn’t have to! :)