I want to say a giant thank you to those of you in my life who have stuck by me through the good times and the bad, and being there for me through everything over the last year and a half.
Today, I decided to go public with my battle with Mental Health, as I felt it was time to finally put any nasty rumours to bed, and start getting people to talk about Mental Health in a positive way. Please understand, it was VERY hard for me to do this, but something I feel I needed to do, in order to move forward in a positive way with my life.
I would ask for your kindness towards others who face Mental Health challenges each and every day, and most importantly, do your research. What many don't understand is that Mental Health is just as serious of an illness as Cancer or any other physical illness may be. Just because you cannot see it, does not make it any less a reality. Our society continues to revolve around a horrible stigma about Mental Health, immediately thinking that anyone with a Mental Health challenge is "crazy" or "loony" and should be locked away or certainly not allowed to be a part of our every day society.
I am here today to say that, regardless of how many "awareness" days we have regarding Mental Health (Bell Let's Talk Day for example), we still have this negative stigma surrounding Mental Health in our society, and it needs to change. I have been witness to some pretty disgusting statements by folks in our community over the last several months, some even going so far as to tell me to kill myself, all before actually knowing if I did face Mental Health challenges. Many went to the extreme of saying that people should be afraid of me because "you never know what he might be capable of", referring to the horribly tragic situations in the United States of late.
What many don't understand is the darkness that can surround many Mental Health challenges. For me, I have Bipolar Disorder, and that can mean a variety of things in different people, but in my instance, it is simply two extremes in your feelings. Some days, I can feel on top of the world, and nothing can stop me, and other days, I can feel like there is no world, and I should do everything to shut the outside world out, so I can just sit and do nothing so the world can't get me more down.
I invite you to watch my Live Video Blog at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/34720629 and you should be able to understand a bit more about this situation.
Thank you for your understanding, and please, share the love!
Have a great day everyone!