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I recently had a conversation with someone about Husband who is bi-polar. I wrote about it HERE last year. They were feeling frustrated with some of Husband’s lack of social cues and commented, “He gets to play the mental illness card.”
It took me aback. Card, playing a card? I responded by telling the person that mental illness wasn’t a card like having cancer isn’t a card.
It reminded me how much we need to bring mental illness out of the shadows. It reminded me that many people don’t get what having mental illness means.
I used to be quiet about sharing about Husband’s illness. Now however, I know that when given the appropriate opportunity, it’s important to speak up.
Last year, I read Sheila Hamilton’s ALL the THINGS WE NEVER KNEW. This is a powerful and insightful book about the impact of mental illness. Hamilton is a strong advocate for bringing mental illness out from the shadows.
Education and talking about mental illness are key to getting more to understand.