When you live with a mental illness every day, you get good at faking it

image“In September of 2012, while my husband was deployed, I tried to commit suicide. I was rushed to the hospital and my husband was called home. They wouldn’t tell him whether I was alive or dead. I made it and we made it and we are nearing the end of our first full-on deployment since my suicide attempt. It’s going well and we have both learned a lot.

“Know what’s interesting? Many people had no idea how severe my depression was or how bad I had gotten. When you live with a mental illness every day, you get good at faking it.

“I am not ashamed of what happened. I now use it as a catalyst to try and get rid of the awful stigma of mental illness. You CAN ask for help and someone WILL help you.”

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