Believe Us When We Say We’re Hurting
“The stigma surrounding mental health boils down to one thing: that if pain can’t be measured or seen, it doesn’t exist. People believe that illnesses that cannot be detected with medical equipment can do no harm. But that one dangerous concept has a variety of stealthy disguises.
‘Smile! Others have it worse.’
‘Your life is great!’
‘But you always seem so happy.’
‘If you ignore it, it will go away.’
Sentences filled with salt for our wounds.”
- Sammy Nickalls, “Believe Us When We Say We’re Hurting”