Humans In Real Life

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.”

How can you support someone who is struggling with a mental health illness?

“Finding out more about that particular illness and being understanding and accommodating and continuously encouraging them to get help for it.”

How can daily activities be affected by mental health?

“Surrounding yourself with positive people and activities will help improve your personal outlook.”

What are some positive and healthy coping skills?

“Learning to express your feelings through written and spoken word, music, art, and dance are just a few ways one can cope with a mental illness.”

How can mental health issues potentially impact one’s future positively or negatively??

“Mental health is a lifelong journey.  It can positively affect a life when someone is given the right resources.” 

How can daily activities be affected by mental health?

“In many ways, from making them more difficult to causing someone to not be able to get out of the bed.”