Karen K-S

When you start talking about your experience with mental illness and a loved one, people begin to share their story, too. When people open up, it stops that “I must be the only one” way of thinking. I’ve talked to so many people that have said, “I have a sibling, relative, friend who suffers from depression and mental illness, too.” Once you start talking about it and sharing, you see that so many people are suffering along with you, in some capacity. Stop the stigma by starting the conversation. No shame. You are not the only one on this roller coaster.

#ITalk for Fred
#StartTheConversation
#BC2M

3 responses to “Karen K-S”

  1. Karen says:

    Thank you BC2M for sharing my story and the stories of others.
    My hope is that someday, talking about mental illness will
    not bring shame, but hope. #keeptalking

  2. Marta says:

    Thank you for your bravery! Someone recently shared their experience of a loved one with mental illness with me. It changed my life, more importantly it changed my daughters life. Talking about mental illness removes the shame and makes room for what is important – acceptance, growth, compassion, healing, and love. My gratitude to all who have been so bold, and my heart to all who are yet to get there.

  3. Karen K-S says:

    UPDATE: my brother, Fred, who I wrote about above had isolated himself from the outside world for 3 years. He talked to one person, our mother. His diet was poor. He developed a severe vitamin D deficiency from complete lack of sunlight. His vision suffered. His skin suffered. His bones suffered. His memory suffered. His life stopped and didn’t move forward with the rest of the world. Our mother passes away suddenly in July 2015 shortly after I sent in Fred’s story.
    I knew that he could not live indefinitely like he was but felt there was little hope for recovery. That being said, I made a decision to force him to get help and it saved his life. (His words).
    Fred is back in society. Continuing treatment and wanting to continue to get better. He’s reestablished friendships. He’s becoming the social person he once was. He’s started to do all of the hobbies he always loved.
    Why am I sending this update? Because I want the world to know that THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE EVEN WHEN IT APPEARS HOPE IS GONE!!! AS LONG AS YOU LOVE AND CARE ABOUT SOMEONE ENOUGH TO REFUSE TO GIVE UP, HOPE IS THERE.
    To those at the lowest point in their life and to those who want to help them, IF THERE IS LOVE, THERE IS HOPE EVEN WHEN IT APPEARS ALL HOPE IS LOST.

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