Although not formally diagnosed until I was 22, I have been living with severe anxiety disorder and bouts of depression for as long as I can remember (as well as other mental health issues that I am not yet comfortable sharing). Something I struggle with constantly is dealing with the stigma of having mental illness. I know the statistics, and I know that mental illness is extremely common, but even writing this makes me feel slightly uncomfortable.
Slowly, though, with the help of therapy and a group of supportive people I am lucky enough to have, I am becoming more and more open about my experience living with mental illness.
Anxiety has made everyday decisions, situations, and common life stressors debilitating. It presents itself in many forms- irritability, sadness, and full blown attacks, just to name a few. Sometimes I want to isolate myself for days, confining myself to my bed. I ignore the people that I love the most, and spend all my time inside my own head.
I have been blessed enough to have access to help, although the journey to get there was not easy. There is still so much that needs to be done to support people with mental illness, and being a part of CAMH One Brave Night is my small contribution.
Please donate today and help me reach my fundraising goal.
Together we will break down stigma, fund innovative research, and provide access to new and promising treatments for people living with mental illness.