12 Dec

Like I said in my Facebook post, recovery is key, and recovering will help you soar in your life, job, relationships, and so on. Recovery is a language that we don’t often speak in. And here’s why: “We all want to be accepted for being ourselves. Our talents and skills don’t go away because we have a mental health diagnosis, or we come out as being gay. We all want to have choices in our lives. We all have different abilities. Nobody wants to be labeled because of their life experiences. We are all unique. Even people with the same type of diagnosis, or disorder, and so on; we’re still unique and different. We’re all one of a kind; a rare gem. Here’s where it get’s tricky: Labeling creates a ‘stigma’ about a person based on one part. Labeling defeats us overall, if we let that one diagnosis, or word replace who we are in this world. This is especially important to recognize each other as an individual, and not as gay, bipolar, schizophrenic, and more. The list of labeling and labels itself is infinite. We all deserve acceptance in society.”

It’s important to remember where we come from, because losing sight of who you are, and what you’ve been through is easy, and can happen to the best of people. We as humans, especially myself, I find it easy to forget all the wonderful things I have accomplished in life, such as graduating high school and delivering a speech in an audience of over 1000+. I attended a group one week where I was told this: “The most stigma that is created for mental health, is the patients with a mental disorder and their prescribers.” This is where we need to stand up and change that. This is also somewhat truth for the gay community. If you can’t see this from a medical standpoint, or a gay standpoint, look at it like this: You are human. They are human. We’re all human. What’s different in each? Nothing. It’s as simple as that.
What is Stigma?
You were probably wondering what stigma means. Well, here it is: “Judging a person based on your own values creates a label. Labeling a person creates a negative image, also known as a ‘stigma.’ Stigma is the result of false ideas that people have when they describe someone they see as “different”. We “stigmatize” other people when we use a word, phrase or category that is judgmental, which can lead to unfair treatment. This happens because we don’t know or understand a person’s differences.” What can you do today, that will have a more positive impact tomorrow? Recovery language isn’t something we’re taught; it’s something that you have to program into your brain. Recovery isn’t an easy path, and there will be struggles, but the overall result is worth anything in the world. Be on top of your life, and you will lead yourself to recovery.
Avoid Stigma  with People First Language
For example, if you speak to someone living with a mental health disability, remember to speak to the person first and then the disability second.
As I am constantly learning the recovery language, my readers will be able to see this take place. Again, like I’ve stressed through this post, recovery is a journey, one that will require great strength and sacrifice. Keep you head held high, and be the change you want to see, and what you see will be change.
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