So much stigma still surrounds mental illness, but perhaps most devastating is the belief that one’s identity is wrapped up in their mental illness. About 6 months ago I created a video called #behindtheOCD to show that people are more than their OCD diagnosis. Carly from carlyjeancongilosi.wordpress.com and I have decided to partner up to create a follow-up video, #MoreThanMyDiagnosis, to show that having a mental illness does not define who a person is.
We are currently looking for participants to submit photos for the follow-up video. If you have been diagnosed with a mental illness (it could be anything…OCD, depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc.) and would like to help end the stigma associated with mental illness, please submit a photo of yourself holding up a piece of paper that highlights your diagnosis AND your most defining characteristic or characteristics. Include the hashtag, #MoreThanMyDiagnosis. My example is below. 🙂
Photos can be submitted to me at email@example.com or you can tweet @Ellen_White_ on Twitter. Photos can also be submitted by email to Carly at firstname.lastname@example.org or @CarlyCongilosi on Twitter.