“We each have life experiences that could be seen as negative. But we’re never going to let go, get to a content place and space again if we carry them and view them as a burden rather than an experience which can teach us…”
“He never rubbished anything I said, and instead talked generally about other mental health struggles, and how they manifest differently in other people. He made me feel ‘normal’.”
“In my illness I always saw my life as finite. Everything was black and white. But now I see grey. I see that life has infinite possibilities and infinite paths.”
Patrick A. Roland tells us his views on how fearful perspectives can be understood, and the conversation on mental health can be moved forwards.
“Mental health stigma is an illness all by itself. It should be included as a side effect of mental illness…”
“Stigma is a huge problem for people of all ages who are trying to understand mental health and the impact it can have on your life…”
Often, you hear advice telling you to “just be yourself”. Why is it so hard? How can we just be ourselves?