Mental Health Is More Than Suicide.

I have mental illness, but I don’t want to kill myself.
Why is the general public so insensitive to my experience, but when someone commits suicide, all of a sudden it’s a massive outcry for mental health reform?
This is not a contest or a commentary on “not fair”…but it kind of is in the sense that my mental health matters and it shouldn’t involve taking my own life to get some attention, recognition and reform.
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Floor Plan To The House of Anger

The drawing that I share in this piece was one of the most effective for me in terms of being able to communicate, not only to my family, but to my doctors, about how I was feeling when I’d get angry. It uses the visual of a floor pan to explain the different rooms of thought when it comes to dealing with an upsetting situation or idea.
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Bad.

Half of the inmates in Canadian prisons experienced abuse (physical, sexual, emotional and neglect) during childhood.
These are the findings from a recently published article in the American Journal of Public Health.
This makes sense to me.
I had an emotionally neglected childhood due to the societal and familial ignorance regarding my learning disability (ADHD), anxiety, depression and my resulting BPD.
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MEDICATION IS THE NEW MENTAL ASYLUM

Instead of solving the problem, we are postponed and chemically-incarcerated for an indefinite period of time; medication is the new asylum.
Wait times for a new patient to see a psychiatrist are over a month; a long time in a depressed, mentally-ill person’s world, and a lot [of bad things] can happen during those weeks.
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