My Secret To Proving The Mental Health Stigma Is Totally Bonkers

My secret to proving the mental health stigma is TOTALLY bonkers. Read more on SPIESFitToFight.com

Last month I talked about what stigma means, how it surrounds the topic of mental health, and what we can do to eliminate it.  READ THE FULL POST HERE » 

Today I’m diving in a little deeper to why I care so much about this topic. Are you ready?!


Growing up I was always a bit of a tomboy. I was interested in obscure things and would much rather ride an ATV around my backyard as opposed to hanging out with the other little girls who lived in my neighborhood. What no one (including myself) knew, was that I preferred the isolation that came with ‘boy related things’. Shooting a basketball around seems perfectly normal to do by yourself, painting your nails and curling your hair alone seems a little pathetic.

I knew that I couldn’t make friends because of the anxiety consuming me from the inside. I wasn’t sure what anxiety was or why I felt the way I did, but I did know that I had to adjust my interests to be able to function properly.

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Anxiety has been affecting me for my entire life. The isolation I put upon myself was a coping mechanism to an illness that I didn’t know I had. My negative ways of coping had brought my underlying depression to the surface.

Although I wasn’t officially diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder and major depression until my eating disorder developed in 2012, I had been living with these mental illnesses for as long as I can remember.


If mental illness is truly what the stigma makes society perceives it as, then shouldn’t we be locking up children who isolate themselves because of their anxiety and depression?

That sounds completely bonkers….BECAUSE IT IS.


Having a mental illness does not make that person dangerous. If anyone is at danger it would be themselves due to the high suicide rate correlating with depression.

Claiming that every school shooting and unexplainable crime is committed by someone BECAUSE they have a mental illness is FALSE. Yes, a person who has a mental illness may commit a crime but that’s not WHY they committed the crime.

Society as a whole needs to look deeper into these situations as opposed to claiming that the imaginary voices in someone’s head forced them to do horrible acts.

I myself have at least three friends who admit to having visual and auditory hallucinations. I’m sure there are more people in my life that do too, but they are self-stigmatizing themselves because they don’t want to be seen the way society will perceive them.

My friends are manic, depressive, and everything in between. However, even during their worst psychotic breaks, they wouldn’t harm a fly.

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If you have a mental illness, you need to speak up.

The only way we can eliminate this whack perception of who we are is if we give society something REAL to talk about.

Ending the mental health stigma starts with you.

If you're not sure where to begin, START HERE.

Marissa Pane

New York