welcome to my first-ever video post! 🙂
i do lots of public speaking about mental illness in the washington d.c.-metro area but until now haven’t gotten any of my talks on tape. i am so excited to share this with you.
last weekend i had the opportunity to share my story at the church i grew up in (rock spring congregational united church of christ). until recently i did not talk openly about my diagnoses or struggle with mental illness – including within this church. so i focused my remarks on what someone with mental illness looks like – or doesn’t look like – to raise awareness that it can impact anyone. even someone, like me, who looks like they are totally fine.
i think it is so important to push back at stigma by putting a human face on depression, anxiety and ptsd. and, more personally, sharing so openly and authentically helps me to take another step on my healing journey. best of all, conversations like this open the door for others to talk about their own challenges and ask for help. i am grateful all around to be a part of this life-changing work.
hope you enjoy!
“since sharing my story publicly i have been told many times that i don’t look like someone who has a mental illness…
if you want to know what someone with severe mental illness looks like, they look like me.
they look just like me.”