Mental illness is not always psychosis, schitzophrenia or multiple personality disorder. It is not always visible as someone screaming at a person we can't see, random acts of violence or a wild paranoia about about conspiracies and mind control.
MUCH more commonly it is anxiety and depression. It shows itself in tardiness, last minute cancellations, extreme fatigue, poor work performance, lack of creativity or motivation, drug abuse, spousal abuse, short fuses, road rage, fear of particular activities or social settings, constant self doubt or indecisiveness.
And often...it doesn't show noticeable signs at all.
We spend all day every day in our own heads and it's not always easy to spot the signs of a person in need of some guidance or hope. I participate in One Brave Night every year as a way to reach out to my network of people and start the discussion about mental health and how it affects every one of us. Many suffer silently because they don't want to burden anyone or they don't want to change the way that people see them.
The more mental illness is talked about, the more it is understood, and the more likely that those who are suffering are to reach out to a friend/family member.
CAMH does amazing work in helping Canadians get a grip on their battles. Please donate generously to help me reach my fundraising goal and support CAMH in continuing the work that they do.