When a diagnosis is square one, every investigative step you take in deepening your understanding is a positive motion toward improvement. Every effort is integral in the journey to staving off stigma and embracing your dignity.
Whether you are facing your own diagnosis or caring for someone who is struggling, this is a community you can count on. I’ve written these letters directly to you as a way of imparting the strength and faith that you deserve. These are my messages of empathy and understanding to you, in hopes that you’ll find power in your path and invigoration in discovering what bipolar means to you.
The mental health community is frequently demonized. The act of one deranged individual became a condemnation for thousands of the nicest people who live decent lives. Those who struggle with mental illness need your help.
We deserved to be portrayed by our wisdom, courage, stamina, and resilience. I invite you to get to know us. Dispel prejudice by the power of your word. I commit myself to engage in a dialogue with you. The time has arrived for the mental health community to be known and respected. That process begins with a fair coverage of who we are. You hold that power.