I am an Ivy League graduate and a single mother of two thriving, well adjusted girls. I have also battled depression and bipolar disorder for more than 20 years. I have lost jobs, relationships, apartments, cars; the respect of my peers, my reputation, my confidence, and my strength. But I have worked hard to rebuild all of those things with measurable success.
I want people to know that every person with mental illness is not a loser. Some of us have worked very hard to build successful lives only to lose everything at the hands of a dreadful and debilitating illness. If I could do one thing to help those who suffer from mental illness, it would be to adequately educate all employers to treat mental illness like they would treat any other affliction of the human body. Nobody asks for this.
With a bit of understanding, compassion, education, patience, and courage, employers can play a large role in creating real hope and improving the lives of millions of people.