Badasses are us

People call me a badass. I don’t know why. I’ve never done a badass thing in my life. I’ve done some stupid things. Ok, A LOT of stupid things, but never a badass thing. Recently I’ve been told I am brave. Brave for being open about my mental illness. I wouldn’t call it brave. Honest, yes, brave, no. It’s through my honesty that I am healing myself. It’s selfish really. I’m not doing it for anyone else. It’s my well being I’m thinking of.

I had no choice. Hiding how I felt and what I was going through wasn’t working. That doesn’t mean I wasn’t afraid to open up. Some people knew, but now I was going to let the world know. What would the reaction be?

Right now approximately 450 million people suffer from mental health conditions. Most of them never receive any form of care. Why?

Stigma

It’s the biggest barrier to mental health care.

Crazy, weird, unstable. These are just a few of the terms still used. Society is still uneducated and ill informed when it comes to mental health issues. It’s no wonder why those who suffer are afraid to get help. Admitting to having a mental illness might cost you your job! That is the sad reality.

I’m lucky. My workplace has just accepted it as part of who I am. If I’m having a bad day I tell them. We figure it out.

I believe everyone should be so fortunate.

And so I’m going to talk about mental health and mental illness. A lot.

It’s time to remove the stigma.

It’s not a badass move on my part. It’s still a selfish one. Why? Because I don’t want to live in a world where I’m looked down upon for having something I didn’t ask for. I don’t want that world for anyone.

3 thoughts on “Badasses are us

  1. I love this Athena. I believe that community is the key to helping those with mental illness. A tribe or family of people who not only understand, but accept those who suffer from mental illness. I believe that true healing and help can only come through finding those who can truly relate from experiencing it first hand, and sharing those stories is how we can ultimately find that place of being whole. You’re initiative and vulnerability is everything, and if THIS post isn’t “bad assery” at its finest, I don’t know what is. This is real life super hero work in action. You are whole in everyway, and I love the way you think.

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