Out of the Mental Health Closet
This is a card that I have thought about doing a million times. With Suga's release of his mixtape, and his references to his own struggle with mental health issues, I thought now was the time.
Mental health issues carry so such stigma that people are afraid to admit they have a problem. Many people do not seek the help they need, and many of those who do try to keep their issues a secret for fear of not being accepted or understood.
I applaud those celebrities who are brave enough to open up about their own personal struggles, because it helps others to feel not so alone in theirs.
Here is a brief list of a few of our favorite idols who have opened up about their mental health issues: Depression:
SNSD's Taeyeon & Yoona, SHINee's Onew, Super Junior's Leeteuk, Heechul, & Yesung, 2NE1's Park Bom, and Miss A's Suzy Anxiety:
SHINee's Jonghyun and Infinite's Sunggyu Bulimia:
IU OCD and Depression:
U-Kiss's Kiseop Bipolar Disorder:
MBlaq's (former) Lee Joon and Epik High's Tablo Schizophrenia (stress induced):
Block B's P.O Eating disorder and Self harm:
This list is by no means complete - there are many more idols struggling with mental health issues, some who have opened up about their issues and many who have not.
So now is the moment that I have both dreaded and longed for... I am stepping out of the Mental health closet myself....
Hello, my name is Theresa and I struggle everyday with mental health issues. I have been diagnosed with Major Depression, Severe Social Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Agoraphobia, and Bipolar Disorder 1, and am also a perpetrator of self harm.
I have actually had to leave my job because of my mental health issues and am currently taking a semester off of school to try to regulate my meds again. I have dealt with many of these issues most of my life, but everything exploded about 3 years ago and my world came crashing down around me. That was when I recieved my Bipolar diagnosis.
Everyday is a battle with myself, but I find so much strength through the friends I have made here on Vingle. Thank you to all of you.
I encourage you to step out of the mental health closet - comment about your own struggles and triumphs, make your own card (please tag me!!), or if you are not comfortable with either of those, feel free to send me a private message. Also, if you have any questions about my disorders/issues don't be afraid to ask - I will answer them as best I can. Let's get rid of the stigma that surrounds mental health issues and start a supportive conversation.
I am more than a little nervous about how this card will be recieved (and TBH if I wasn't on a high right now I probably wouldn't be doing this - I tend to do a lot of things I wouldn't otherwise when I am on a high... Yay bipolar -_- )
Please be kind in your comments both to me and others, mental health issues are nothing to be ashamed of or ridiculed, and I want this to be a place (card) where people can feel accepted and comfortable. Tagging:
My Girl :
Forever Winner :
@PrettieEmm @Junhwanbae92 @JohnEvans @PrincessUnicorn @reyestiny93 @Vatcheeafandi99
Konie Crew :
@xoxorittie @IsoldaPazo @twistedpuppy @Junhwanbae92 @PrettieeEmm @Vatcheeafandi99
Aroha Squad :
@Isolate @ChaErica @JiyongLeo @LocoForJiyong @DalyRomero @catchacrayon
Tough Cookies :
@Defy24601 @BBxGD @Ercurrent @Jaiipanda @RebeccaLondon @JohnEvans @Stefanitre @lovelikematoi @Camryncherry @SatinSkies, @VeronicaArtino @CristinReynolds @KhrystinaLee @eliseb @VIPFreak2ne1
Kpop Squad :
@Junhwanbae92 @IsoldaPazo @twistedpuppy @B1A4BTS5ever @Moose1998 @vipgirl5 @LocoForJiyong @JohnEvans @xxchicharitoxx @AubriePope @reyestiny93 @LemonLassie @SuperJuniorelf @kennaxx @KAddict @amberg171997 @KpopQueenaBee @awkwardlove23 @NicoleFireRose @salo @janessaakemi @LisetteZapata @mrsjeon @swarrier16 @xoxorittie @LysetteMartinez @MrsChoiJunHong @JuanitaBooRiv
@punkpandabear @himeoppa @kikie311 @GiriBoyXAOMG @JewelsLouise1 @sherrysahar @Stephany123
The Vingle Fam :
@kpopandkimchi @CrookedShadow @Badtz @JamiMilsap @JeniseRamos @Lexxcisco @ESwee @JaeneashaJones @hyunsaeng638 @ChelseaGarcia @kpopINT @tayunnie @Sarahdarwish @SimplyAwkward @unnieARMKeY @SandraMirafuent @KiinLyr @DestinaByrd @SerenityThao @merryjayne13 @destiny1419 @ItsMari @shadowCYRMBBCL @jojojordy2324 @BabySheep @4dalientae @MsLoyalHeart @SierraPaske @Rinal143 @NinaLlama @WendyNegrete @JustinaNguyen @SarahHmll @pharmgirlerin @DanniiDunn @MaddieRudicil @krin @AnnaRodriguezm @ZaTaylor @BlackJackXXX @Zxenna @KwonOfAKind @lovetop @Helixx @milcalopez963 @dayashley11 @Sailynn @MadAndrea @SassyMaknae @BulletproofV @SofiaFifi @LinnyOk @Vay754 @JessWang90 @LizaNightshade @KarenGuerra93 @TLeahEdwards @elainarenea @RainaC3 @AliceChess @MelissaGarza
Let me know if you'd like to be added or removed from my list! :)
* all credit to owners * *phew*.... well, here goes nothing...