Every day, people with mental illness face judgment because of their condition.
Given that one in four people will experience a mental health condition at some point in their lifetime, this is unacceptable. Thankfully, a critical mass of Twitter users are here to transform those negative perceptions, starting with a single hashtag.
Recently, users of the social media site started adding #ImNotAshamed to tweets in order to bring awareness to mental health issues and the negative stereotypes surrounding them. These empowering tweets prove people are more than their disorders.
Take a look at some of the messages below:
#imnotashamed that my PTSD came from honorable service. I’m ashamed of the people who claim it isn’t real, or that I’m just a coward.
— Detroitmechworks (@Detroit15) January 8, 2016
#imnotashamed of having depression and anxiety and being on the spectrum. Still got my doctorate. Eat it, depression.
— Starman (@sunlightwarden) January 8, 2016
#imnotashamed of my mental illnesses any more than anyone ought to be ashamed of any other chronic condition — they can’t be helped.
— Liz Lazzara (@LizLazzara) January 8, 2016
#imnotashamed about my depression because it’s shaped who I am today and I’m proud of how far I’ve come.
— Zoë Alicia (@ZoeAlicia101) January 7, 2016
#Imnotashamed of being socially anxious or have depression because I can understand what others are facing and help them and learn from them
— Chad (@GeneralStar489) January 11, 2016