“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea.” — Isak Dinesen
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this May (2018) is the 10th annual Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month in the US. So many of us suffer from mental health challenges or are impacted by the struggles of a loved one, but we rarely talk about it because it is used as a social weapon against us. Stigma and silence breed isolation and despair, and no recovery can occur in that environment. Recovery requires a positive environment, accessible resources, and a strong support system – and finding those things requires acknowledging and opening up about your struggles to yourself and others.
In light of that, I have decided to be more open about my own struggles, in the hopes that it will help to show others that they are not alone, that we are fighting this together, and that there is hope for a life full of love and success, however you define it for yourself. That is why I decided to start this blog this month.
I am posting some infographics about mental health in general and borderline personality disorder (BPD) in particular, because it is very misunderstood and maligned in society. Please take the time to read them, and if you feel inclined, in honor of the Awareness months, please pass along the ones that particularly strike a cord with you.
Awareness brings hope.