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[Traversing the Lived Experience of Mental Illness*]
Story building initiative
Here are a few Of the IDeas we've been thinking about....
- Mental health is relevant to all of us – whether we have been diagnosed with a mental illness, love someone who experiences mental health challenges, or live in a world where forces of structural oppression, marginalization, and trauma affect our personal and broader public health.
- Seeing and experiencing the world differently than other people (or most people) do is not necessarily an illness. Relatively new language like "neurodiversity" recognizes this fact.
- Cultural norms play a significant role in what are considered symptoms of mental illness (consider 4000 years of female hysteria, for example).
- Receiving a diagnosis for a mental illness can be useful for self understanding, finding community, and accessing treatment. It can also bring shame, stigma, and isolation.
- What is mental illness and where does it separate from the experience of being human? If we embrace mental illness as a part of being human, we just might end stigma.