What it is like being mentally ill.
It’s not easy being bipolar, nor any other mental illness out there. It’s not easy changing moods at any second, or getting angry because of something simple. I don’t mean it. But it is how it is. I would never wish this condition to other people, yet, we are so misunderstood.
I have a PWD ID, proof of my disability, I show it to the parking attendant, yet didn’t let me park at the allotted slot, because “I look normal”. Being mentally ill is just like being physically ill, actually, those with physical conditions are a little bit lucky, they can be cured.
People like us can’t, we just have maintenance medicines, that we have to drink religiously to be “normal”, we stop it, we become the “crazy” person the normal people call us.
We just want to be understood, in the US, there are commercials everywhere to help us, but here in the Philippines, there’s none, we are simply, “baliw”.
I established this statement shirt non-profit business for 2 specific things.
(1) I want other mentally ill people to know that it’s fine to open up and to reach out to others, to shout out that they need help
(2) I want to lessen the stigma that there is about mental illness, tell those who are normal that WE NEED HELP, and that we need someone to talk to.
I’m no expert, but I experience it first hand, everyday, since I was a child. I know how hard it is for both sides, the mentally ill and their family.
Also, even if you don’t get these shirts, I want to tell people like me, please, get help. Suicide doesn’t help, it will hurt everyone more. Get help, and ask your support system to get help as well, to understand your situation.
Be Strong. Don’t be shy. I’m not proud of what I have, but I will always try my best to help those in need. I don’t have the answers, but I have some experience and a pair of ears to share.
I would like to ask for your kind heart to help me raise funds to produce shirts that support Mental Health.
There are a lot of suicide cases these days, and by sharing simple t-shirts with messages of hope and support, we can end the stigma and those like me won't be scared to ask for help.
Some shirts will also be sold, and the profit will go to the Makati Medical Center basement, a place where people with mental issues are treated.
Thanks for your help in advance.