What does “success” or a “happy ending” look like to you? How does mental illness play into your dream scenario?
“Success to me looks like living my truth, whatever that may be. My struggle with anxiety keeps me motivated to always do my best, even when it’s terrifying…and my relationship with minor depression, especially in the gloomy winter months, motivates me to stay honest with my friends and family about how I’m feeling. Most days, I see my mental health ups and downs as more of a blessing in disguise. I don’t know if I believe in “happy endings” or the classic “white picket fence” dream? My success will be defined by ME – not by society! That is such an empowering feeling.”
What does “success” or a “happy ending” look like to you? How does mental illness play into your dream scenario?”
Success means I’m doing my absolute best in whatever I do, be it school, my mental health awareness/support club, or social situations. I know I can’t control what I do or say, but I also know I give my best to be who I am comfortably so that’s success to me. Happy endings are me accomplishing my goals while I’m working with, not against, my mental health. Its events being done, planning out responsibilities, and knowing I am who I am because of my mental state. It doesn’t hinder me, it makes me stronger as a leader and person. Happy endings are living with my mental illnesses and achieving goals with them.”
“I have always put a lot of pressure on myself to do the best I can at everything I do. This can cause a lot of stress because nothing is ever perfect and there is always room for improvement. I believe striving to be the best person you can possibly be is the greatest goals someone can have. If you believe you are doing the best you can that is all anyone can ask of you and you should be proud of that.”
What can other children, youth, and young adults do to support a peer struggling with mental illness?
“Be a voice for it, let others know, help people speak on it.”