I’ve been thinking a lot about the power of language and the impact words like “crazy”, “insane” and “nuts” can have on the people around me.
The first week of October is Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in Canada, an annual national public education campaign that the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) coordinates.
I don't own a shopping cart.
I am not homeless.
I am not violent or unstable.
I don't smell bad.
I didn't drop out of school.
I was not abused or molested.
I don't carry a sign that says the end is near.
I don't ahve a 'look'.
I don't yell at strangers.
I don't wear dirty clothes.
I am not an alcoholic.
I don't feel shame.
I don't want your pity.
I did not ask for this nor do I deserve it.
mindyourmind interviewed Kayley and Kyle, cofounders of wear your label (WYL), a mental health stigma busting fashion company from Fredericton, New Brunswick back in 2015.
Imagine you are standing in front of thousands of people in Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. The packed ACC eagerly await your speech!
Your topic: mental health! What would you say?