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So many of us don't seek help for our mental health issues/disorders/illnesses. We are so afraid of being judged. We think it would make others look down upon us. We feel weak, and different. We are afraid of losing our jobs, and being treated differently. I was one of those people. I was the one that hid in the dark. I was the one that kept those feelings inside. But I'm not afraid any longer. I am not ashamed to say that I've battled depression during certain times in my life. I am strong and I know it is okay not to be okay. It is okay to need help. It doesn't make me weak or different. It makes me strong to reach out for treatment.

The stigma and discrimination against people with mental health illness is still present today. We have to assist people with understanding that "you matter" no matter what you may be going through. People with mental illness are human beings and deserve to be treated equally. They deserve to receive treatment without being made to feel that they are less than. We must create a space and understanding that ostracizing people with mental health illness can lead to causing them more harm.

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