Mental Illness?


solarya
on Aug 20, 2014 @ 05:26 pm

would you stop hanging out with a friend because you found out they had a mental illness?
 

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amberbutts
Never on Aug 20, 2014 @ 05:34 pm

no way! It is more common than we think anyways. No one should ditch someone b.c of a mental illness :(
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solarya
Great answer on Aug 20, 2014 @ 05:36 pm

I am glad you said that. I find that more people are afraid of it.
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jasnicolle
No way on Aug 20, 2014 @ 11:59 pm

Of course not. When you become friends with someone you, you do it because you guys connect. Even as friends, we're supposed to be there for each other no matter what.

So of course I would stay friends with the person. Our relationship might even be better because the person trusted me enough to tell me about something that means a lot of them and are apart of their lives.

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kimberly550
Nope on Aug 21, 2014 @ 08:14 pm

I suffer from depression and it's my friends who help me through it. I think friendship is important and real friends don't do that.
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solarya
Support on Aug 22, 2014 @ 09:01 am

Kimberly550 you are so right and lucky to have that support around you.
I have a mental illness and I do not have a support system, most don't understand or want too. I have given them literature and even groups they can go too, they have not attended a group, even though it would help them understand a lot, they read the book some of them did, but I think it is still hard for them to wrap their heads around.

Thanks for posting :)
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RebelGrl78
Support! on Sep 05, 2014 @ 02:35 am

I have a mental illness myself and I am glad that I have lots of support from family, friends, and mental health unit.
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CharlieGirl
No way! on Sep 05, 2014 @ 07:48 am

Mental Health has such a horrible stigma! I worked at a support center for Mental Health a few years ago and the people there were some of the most kind-hearted, sweetest people I had ever met. They had their days obviously but so does everyone...The people I worked with didn't have support systems so they came to us just to talk, hang out, help them find jobs or go to school and it was very rewarding knowing that I helped someone get through another day in life. I also have many friends with mental health issues and I love them all the same. Once my daughter is old enough I will be in search of work again with mental health :)
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luciddaydream
Definitely not on Mar 24, 2015 @ 11:35 am

I definitely would not stop hanging out with them. I think it's really sad and small minded that we stigmatize people with mental illness. I experience mental illness myself and have been rejected by people once they realize that I suffer from anxiety, depression, and a recovering self-harmer. There is so much good we can do for people with mental illness by simply not giving them a reason to hide it.
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KellyMcKelly
Nope on Mar 24, 2015 @ 08:22 pm

Definitely no. Such a mean thing to do if someone does stop.
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empress_divine
Friends to the end on Mar 24, 2015 @ 08:39 pm

I am a supportive friend so no. Especially if we are very close, people with mental health issues need to be surrounded with love and support not judgement or resentment.
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