After being diagnosed with bipolar I disorder, I discovered a passion for mental health advocacy. To allow a forum for myself and others to share our personal mental health stories, I created the Choose Good Project. In life, we are often unable to control the things that happen to us. The bus is late. The economy is less than stellar. You didn’t get that promotion. Or even, as is with me, you are afflicted with mental illness. What we cannot do is change what has happened. Yet, we have the power to control how we respond to these circumstances. Respond with optimism and hope. Respond with good. Choose good. “Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way” – Viktor E. Frankl The mission of the Choose Good Project is threefold. 1. Through sharing my story, I hope to bring some light to living life with a mental illness. To alleviate the stigma, shed some insight and show that leading a normal life is entirely possible. 2. To share and showcase individuals who defy the odds. Those living with mental illness or other “non-normal” circumstances who take control of their lives in a positive and inspiring manner. The stories of real people facing mental illness are powerful tools with which stigma can be combatted. 3. To promote optimism and hope, no matter what the situation.
Jillian began blogging just over a year ago, shortly following her diagnosis of bipolar I disorder. Through her blog, she shares her own story, along with the stories of others, to help break down the stigma surrounding mental health. The power of sharing the voices of individuals facing mental illness is something that can help break the negative perceptions people may have towards people with mental illness. — Shawn
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