Patrick A. Roland tells us his views on how fearful perspectives can be understood, and the conversation on mental health can be moved forwards.
“If you have already overcome five different hurdles that week, and you’re feeling tired and fragile and on the brink of giving up… just stop. You don’t have to face every hurdle all at once.”
“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?
“One of the hardest lessons for me to come to terms with is that, I myself, cannot force anyone to seek help. I cannot make anyone want to get better…”
“Each individual is different and his or her way of dealing will also be very different. The important thing is to listen and be patient.”