More people are speaking out–Suicide survivors, suicide loss survivors, overdose survivors, those who suffer with mental illness.
Parents are motivated to seek help and are risking the fallout of reaching out because the risk of losing their child outweighs their fear of living with shame.
Then there is the awareness, rising suicide rates, media coverage and the opiate epidemic which has cut across all racial and socioeconomic groups including politicians.
All of this works in tandem together to raise awareness and educate millions.
But that’s just part of it. It’s not the secret sauce
The one thing that has been the most influential is you. Yes, you are the secret sauce.
You will be the ones wiping out stigma. How?
I can sit here and write all day but I’m a minority in this game. With no audience, no one to help me carry the message, it would die right here collecting server dust.
Those of us who have lost a loved one or are currently struggling with mental illness can’t do it alone.
It’s our friends who run along beside us, holding us up and encouraging us in our darkest hour that are making a difference. It’s a group effort and you are our cheerleaders–the catalyst that is sparking change.
It’s an effort of love and compassion which restores my faith in humanity
You have decided to stand up for something. You’ve decided that you are not ashamed to post any of this on your social media profiles. You have guts.
For that I am grateful. Because we are starting to see real conversation and real change. People everywhere are speaking out and you are amplifying that message and emphasizing the importance of family because you’ve seen the results of doing nothing and staying silent.
People not supporting depression or addiction as an illness have already started to look old, stodgy, uninformed and close minded. I believe in less than two years, it will be ‘uncool’ to talk about mental illness or addiction as moral failings.
If there is one thing people don’t like, they don’t like to look bad. Or stupid. That alone will incentivize people to change their minds.
Now you have the secret. It’s you, the carriers of these messages.