I am running Grandma’s Marathon this June in hopes to raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention. 10 years ago... June 29th, 2009, I posted on facebook: “Wishes today would have been a better day”. I remember this well. I was at the lowest point in my life, but it was also when I finally sought out and accepted help to ease the pain of mental illness.
My battle with bipolar disorder has been…indescribable. For many years, I was too ashamed to seek help, out of fear of being perceived as weak or incapable. I have always taken pride in my strength and ability to ‘do it all’. Due to the pressure I put on myself to be successful and the stigma of seeking help for mental illness, I suffered alone when I needed help the most.
It has been a long and challenging road, but I have risen above the struggles. I am proactive with my mental healthcare, have built an amazing support system and live a healthy lifestyle. My life is filled with amazing family and friends. I have achieved great success in spite of my illness.
I joined the ‘American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’ Grandma’s Marathon charity team with hopes to raise awareness and eliminate the stigma of mental health and suicide. Noone should have to suffer alone.
Please consider supporting my efforts to ‘Find better ways to prevent suicide, create a culture that’s smart about mental health and bring hope to those affected by suicide’.