Mental Health America launched realLives this week, a unique online community where mental health consumers can share their stories of living with mental health conditions. This one-of-a-kind anthology of original writings, artwork and poetry connects people facing similar struggles and helps break the silence that shrouds mental illness in America.
Almost 200 stories have been published on realLives, featuring both personal triumphs over and ongoing struggles with mental health disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression. These stories illustrate various stages of recovery, and come from consumers of all demographics.
“The best way to eliminate the misunderstanding, prejudice and shame facing people with these conditions is to hear real stories of real people affected by mental illness,” said David Shern, President and CEO of Mental Health America. “Through their courage to speak out, realLives participants give a voice to nearly 60 million American adults who have a mental health condition.”