It is a difficult illness because we can’t see it or often even diagnose it. Everyone wants to be
able to look at their illness on an x-ray or a scan and say, “there it is.” People with mental illness are denied that. There isn’t anything to look at and see, to touch or quantify, it’s just there. We need to realize that mental illness is an illness and we all need to learn more about it for the sake of our
Mental Health America’s motto is, “The invisible chains of misunderstanding and discrimination
continue to bind people with mental illnesses and addictions.” We need to help people break free of these bonds so that they can get the help and support needed in a world where mental illness is not something you hide from or are embarrassed by, but rather something that is only an illness in need of a treatment.