Today on the podcast I sit down with my younger sister Jen (AKA Unicorn, Power Betch, etc.). The more time passes, the more this kid continues to impress me. When I look at where she was four or five years ago – deep in the throes of her struggle with depression – and where she is today, it’s hard not to appreciate how far she has come. She still has many of the same daily struggles that she has had her entire life, but through hard work, introspection and dedicating both her studies and work to helping others, she has taken major strides to create a more purposeful and fulfilling life.
Mental illness is something that is rarely talked about and I think it is still largely misunderstood in our society. There is little done to educate children and families about these things, so people struggling with any type of mental illness often do not have the support system they need from their communities. In addition, the resources offered by schools in this area might be slim to none, so there might not be anywhere to turn to receive the necessary help and guidance.
Having conversations like this is one of the ways I hope that we can begin to break down the barriers surrounding mental illness and hopefully begin to create a stronger community for the people who really need it. If you have any personal experience with mental illness, either yourself or through a close friend or family member, it would be great to hear from you in the comments below.
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