Mental illnesses affect every part of a person's life, from how they think about themselves to the way that they interact with others. Although mental illnesses can create challenges, the right support systems can support individuals in getting on the road to recovery.
There are many types of mental illness and each person may experience different symptoms or have different needs as a result of their condition. No matter the type of illness, an individual's experiences are shaped by their ability to access services and to interact in communities, as well as the support they receive from loved ones, their cultural backgrounds and personal beliefs.
In many cases, the challenges individuals face when they live with a mental illness have to do with discrimination. The first step to breaking down those barriers and to doing away with these unfair attitudes is to raise awareness. Let's work together to ensure everyone has a voice!