Sharing is hard. Like, really hard. The SMIB contributors who put a face to their mental illnesses did not become comfortable sharing their stories overnight. In fact, it took us years to believe that we have no reason to be ashamed even after we learned how common our illnesses are and that they affect us through no fault of our own.
the first step
Putting your story into writing and sharing it with others, even anonymously, is the first step to believing that there is no shame in your mental illness. Every time someone reads your story and is positively impacted by your words, a little piece of the stigma connected to mental illness breaks away – including the piece you may still hold.
For this reason, we have decided to open up our community of writers to include those who want to share their stories anonymously. The stories on this page have been shared to help both the writer and the readers: the writer’s first step towards publicly sharing their experience with mental illness is further proof to our readers that the battle they fight does not have to be a lonely one.
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