How to talk to people about your mental illness

4 tips to help you talk about your mental illness with friends, at school/work, on dates, and in the public:

1. If you’re struggling now, talk to someone you trust.
2. At school or work, get the accommodations you need.
3. Share with potential long term partners as soon as you feel comfortable.
4. Share stories about your “scars”, not your “wounds”.

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Learn more:
* The Columbia Conference on Mental Health Journalism & Media:
* A Med Student Decides To Be Upfront About Her Mental Issues:
* Dr. Vania Manipod on Instagram:
* Dr. Drew Ramsey on Instagram:

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If you or someone you know needs help immediately, you should take one of the following actions:
– call 9-1-1 in the United States or your country’s emergency number:
– call the Lifeline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255) in the United States or a global crisis hotlines:
– text START to 741-741 in the United States or visit
– go to your nearest hospital emergency room


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