"he who conceals his disease, can't expect to be healed."
- Ethiopian proverb
My name is Jason Gillette and I am so grateful for the benefits of mental health and the professionals who show up and give their best every day! It is because of professionals like that, who have empowered me to strive to be my best self.
I served in the United State Marines and struggled integrating into society when I got out. I had no idea what was bothering me; I hated who I was, where I came from, and felt hopeless all the time. At a low point in my life, the kindness of a stranger who encouraged me to smile more, but more importantly, to go seek help which was what I needed to take the first step!
May is Mental Health Awareness month, but our mental health is a year-round exercise. I want others to display the same courage and kindness, by sharing your strength and inspiring others to take care of their mental health!
If we do not break the stigma associated with engaging in mental health services and practices, our communities, and families will not get the help they need.
Now as a Public Health professional, I better understand the larger community need, how important spreading the word is, and promoting effective mental healthcare. I also want to show my appreciation and express my gratitude for the help I've received over the years.
I suffer from depression, anxiety, PTSD and bouts of negative self-worth. Courage is vulnerability and I’m grateful to say that I’m getting better every day. But it takes courage to make courage, if others need the courage, can we show ours first?
Let us keep mental health #talkofmind and share our strength and support others as they use theirs.
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Jason D. Gillette
"It takes courage to make courage."