Sarah has confronted mental health challenges since she was a young girl, supported now by her husband of more than 12 years. Now, she tells her story to others and encourages them to Say it out loud.
I thought everybody just felt crappy all the time like I did when I was younger. But looking back I was like, wow, kids don’t have to suffer like that anymore, thankfully. Parents and teachers, doctors are able to identify the signs and symptoms much sooner and intervene sooner. Once I started to feel better, I felt like I could talk about it. Up until then it was a matter of survival, just getting through day to day. And getting the right medicine, that took many, many years. So when I finally did feel better, I mean, it was a miracle to me. I didn’t know that people felt that good. So of course, then I wanted to talk about it. It is the stigma, makes it difficult, but, at times, but not for us. Not really anymore. There are just so many people out there who are suffering needlessly. So if my story can help somebody then I’ll tell anybody who will listen.
You know, to define Say it out loud
is just share your story. There’s nothing wrong with saying you have Schizophrenia or you have Bi-Polar Disorder or Major Depression, Anxiety Disorder or whatever it might be. Chances are someone in that room is going to be able to relate to what you’re saying. One of the most important things I think is for people like me who’ve gotten better who can demonstrate that treatment works, it’s important to Say it out loud
. So people know that mental health treatment is very difficult because of the medications and the way they work and they work slowly and people give up. Side effects can be, keep people from pursuing treatment. So I just, I want people to know that just try and hang in there because treatment does work.