Why it's OK to talk about not being OK

The first time I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety the strongest emotion I felt was embarrassment.  When my husband shared ‘the news’ with another family member I was devastated, convinced what would follow was unwanted pity and ultimately loss of respect from people I care about. 

What I’ve learned is that I’m not alone and I’m far from unique.  Often I meet people who are or have in the past battled mental illness and felt similarly ashamed and wanting to keep their struggles to themselves.  According to the Black Dog Institute 54% of people with mental illness do not access any treatment.

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