Stigma

When people found out about my mental health history, they made me feel ashamed.

So I began to feel real shame which lasted for years.

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This enabled the people who wanted to bully me, and call after me in the street.

I felt such shame, I would turn and walk in the opposite direction.

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But should we feel shame?

When I was in hospital, I met brave people who had faced terrible things, and somehow survived.

They had a breakdown, but that is nothing to be ashamed of.

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I realise now I have spent so many years feeling shame, when I forgot those brave people who were trying to recover from trauma.

I want to leave the feelings of shame behind, and I want to try to remember that mental illness can teach us so much,..

compassion, understanding.

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