Working to end the stigma and discrimination of mental illness.

Lindsey’s Story

I was diagnosed with Major Depression and Panic Disorder when I was 13 years old. I've been hospitalized 3 times for my illness, once, when I was 24 because of a suicide attempt, that was a direct result of the stigma surrounding Mental Illness. I got better, changed my surroundings, met an amazing man, married him, and became stronger.

I never realized that it would happen again. My husband and I moved to Florida six months ago. I became very homesick, and quickly slipped from control. I became suicidal again. My wonderful husband has stood by me through all of this, and we have decided to move home. But not without stigma. My husband's employer, and co-workers are telling him that "He's ruining his career." "You're enabling her." "He's following a crazy person, one that will probably just leave him anyway, because that's what crazy people do." "Why can't she just go alone?, Get her shit together and come back?" "Can't she just stop taking the meds"? "She's holding you back."... To hear these things... Years after thinking I'd never run into such ignorance again, here it is.

My husband is a wonderful, supportive man. He understands my illness. He knows that a feeling of safety, and familiarity, surrounded by family and close friends, not to mention the doctors back home that were extremely helpful, is what I need. So here we are, moving home. Three days before my 30th birthday, and I've only met one person here that I would even call a "friend". It's been extremely hard to stay positive through all of this, but the support of my husband pulls me through. It's amazing how those comments linger in your head, even though you know there's no truth to them. I hope with all of my heart that people start educating themselves, and realize how horrible it is for a person with a mental illness to hear such things about themselves. Uninformed, ignorant, hurtful things. Support your fellow man, because all we have are those around us. We need each other. We need to feel included in this world. If anything, sometimes we just need HELP, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Thank you for bringing about change, and for letting me share.