What we can we do?
Here are Three Small But Powerful Ways to Make A Difference for All of Us
- Participate in the online community in order to break the Stigma we place on ourselves and each other.
We are all realizing that we aren’t the isolated freak of nature we may have initially thought…but that we are part of a vibrant, dynamic, creative, determined, courageous community
We place a lot of stigma on OURSELVES and on each other
Stigma exists IN OUR OWN HEADS
A big goal of this Blog is to try to lessen that Stigma…
The stigma in your head
the stigma you have placed onto your self
the stigma that clouds your view of yourself
and a lot of the Stigma we throw at each other…
often times subconsciously
And while “ending” stigma in the general population seems nearly impossible…
ending the stigma in our heads and in our community seems like a tough fight but one that could definitely see a lot of forward movement…
and indeed has seen a lot of forward movement thanks to the efforts of countless individuals and organizations.
2. Educate our Loved Ones (by getting them to read blogs like this 🙂 ) and encourage them to realize that they need to be a part of this too.
I think we can make tremendous strides in lessening the Stigma in the minds of our Loved Ones…
Just as there is a community of the Mentally Ill
There is also a community of the Loved Ones and Friends and Family of the Mentally Ill
This is the community that I would love to see STEP UP
Because we can’t do this on our own.
We need “normal people” on the outside of our community to raise their voices and say what needs to be said and do what needs to be done. TOO
Because after all…our voices are drowned out by Stigma
Theirs are not
3. Become Empowered in your Own Care
One of the huge ways we can start this ball rolling…
is by becoming empowered (another huge goal of this blog)….
Taking back the rights to our own Bipolar
refusing to be pushed around
getting second opinions
none of that can be done without risks…
Psychiatrists can “fire” you…
They can give you more diagnoses to explain your unruly behavior
They can code you manic or depressed when you are not
They can tell you you need to be hospitalized because you tell the receptionist you need help and it is the Doctors job to help you….
all true stories
And God Knows what they will write down in your records….
But little steps forward
in our own minds
in our own hearts
in our own community
every small act of bravery matters
We can say…
I am NOT taking Psychiatry lying down
I will have a voice in my care
I will ask questions about my treatment
Psychiatry is something that should work FOR ME
Psychiatry is not something that should be DONE TO ME
imagine if we all started doing this………….
Right now the movement is….
in our community
and in our Loved Ones
But most of All
it is in Our Own Heads