Among the things I wish I’d thought of is this campaign. The Belle Jar started the hashtag #notmymentalillness and it’s encouraging those of us with neurodiversities to tweet about not being defined by our mental illness. Get on it!
I started this hashtag on twitter for people to talk about all the ways in which they are so much more than just their mental illness. Watching the responses pour in has been amazing and heartbreaking and I just have so much love for everyone brave enough to tweet about such a stigmatized issue.
Here are a few of my faves:
It has stalled my PhD, lost me friends, impacted relationships, scared me from taking changes. But it won’t stop me. #notmymentalillness
— Kathleen Pye (@KathleenCanada) August 16, 2014
#POC don’t get the treatment we deserve because of the stigma in our communities. There are too many health disparities #notmymentalillness — Dior Vargas (@DiorVargas) August 16, 2014
<– Mom, lover, friend, writer, rabble-rouser, cook, gardener, nerd, and more #notmymentalillness — robyn mcneil (@birdiebent) August 15, 2014
I genuinely only seldom feel as though I am #notmymentalillness but I wanna affirm…
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