My previous blog entry talked about how people with Bipolar, as well as others with mental health issues, are still misunderstood and are still receiving tips and advice that don’t help.
In discussing this with a fellow MI (mental illness) sufferer, I mentioned that I believe many people mean no harm. In fact, I believe they want quite the opposite, to help, but don’t know what to do or say. I wonder, especially the closer they are to us, do they feel like they’re walking on eggshells around us? Broken glass? If so, that deeply saddens me.
So, if it’s okay, I would like to ask folks on both sides a few questions:
1. Are you curious about Bipolar or other MI’s?
2. Would you like to ask questions about the illnesses, or perhaps inquire about a friend, but instead are too hesitant?
3. Would you like to know how to offer kindness and encouragement, while being sure your needs are also met? You are a unique person with needs and vulnerabilities as well.
4. Do you avoid someone you know with a Mental Illness because it’s just easier? And why is it too hard sometimes?
This is not a challenge, nor a confrontation. I think exchanging ideas and sharing feelings can help us all.
I just want people who care for and love people in their lives, with one or both of them having Bipolar (or any mental illness), to feel empowered to give and share motivation, care, love, friendship, and so much more.
I think we have chances to love each day, and a responsibility to act on it.