Here to Help

My biggest goal in life at the moment is to help people who are struggling with mental illness. I want to do this by providing support for those who are suffering, spread awareness to promote understanding, and debunk myths to end the stigmatization.

The fact of the matter is that even if you do not have a mental illness, you most likely know somebody who does, even if you are not aware of it. Unfortunately, many individuals choose to suffer in silence because mental illness has been largely portrayed as a sign of weakness. Society has convinced us that mental illness should be equated with so-called “insanity”; as if anyone who shows the slightest sign of a mental illness should be locked up in a psych ward.

I’m here to tell you that this is not true. Forget everything that society has ever taught you. Mental illness is not a sign of weakness. It is not something to be ashamed of. It is not something that you can just “get over” if you really wanted to. In fact, there is an air of hypocrisy in societal ideals, especially when it comes to mental illnesses such as eating disorders. The media is notorious for spreading messages which are intended to define your self-worth based on your appearance. You’re only pretty if you’re a size zero. You’re only beautiful if you have a flat stomach. You are only worthy of love if you are absolutely flawless. It’s sickening. But then to turn around and stigmatize those who suffer from eating disorders, depression, anxiety,  or body dysmorphia, all of which can be linked with the unrealistic ideals portrayed by the media, is absolutely ridiculous.

So for anyone who is suffering with a mental illness, I want you to know I am here to help. For those of you who want to learn how to help people with mental illnesses, I am here to inform you. For those of you who believe that mental illness is a sign of weakness or any other negative connotation that you may have been taught by society, I am here to shed some light on how unrealistic your beliefs are. I am here to help.

If you have any questions or if you simply need some extra support feel free to contact me via email at aworldwithoutstigma@gmail.com

xo

Ayla

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