I want to help people with mental illness. My faith has helped me cope with my mental illness. I have Bi-polar and have to be on a mood stabilizer. My first psychotic episode happened gradually and came to a head when I was 15, a sophomore in high school. I was admitted to a psych ward and the experience was frightening. Nearly 4 years later, after being on and off of antidepressants, I decided I was through with medication, and almost ended up in the hospital again.
My most recent experience was different, however. My faith helped me get through this inpatient stay with grace. I know first hand how it is to be in a scary situation, in fact, mental illness is scary in itself sometimes. I know that God has a plan for all of us though. When we choose to trust in Him, even when we are in the hardest part of our mental illnesses, He can and will come through. There is light at the end of the tunnel, there is hope in Christ. I would encourage everyone, especially the people who have mental illness, to rest on God’s promises. Nothing can separate us from God’s love, and we truly never have to be alone.
I want to thank NAMI for showing people that we are not alone in our mental illness. Like my faith, mental illness needs to be talked about and expressed so that healing may occur. I thank God for this venue and pray that others may be connected through Christ and through this website and that those who seek Him and healing may find both here.
I am a senior at Xavier University and I want my successes and failures to be shown in order to show that yes some people have mental illness, but we can all aspire to be what God wants us to be, and that is to be our amazing selves.