Still Blamed and Shamed for Having Mental Illness

I have bipolar disorder, a mental illness one in the same.

The kind of illness that some still whisper its name

and talk about people with it using bias and shame.

Diagnosed with mental illness you are given the blame,

given treatments and medications that make you too tame,

removing who you are, your true nature, spirit and game.

It is time people with mental illness are given praise and acclaim

for their strength and resilience to overcome what they have overcame.

People with mental illness deserve to have dignity and respect reclaimed.

Mental illness stigma needs to be stopped, discontinued and renamed

so that there no longer exists this discrimination, bias and shame

for having an illness we never asked for, caused or wanted to claim.

I will continue to fight mental illness stigma, this I will always proclaim

loudly speaking about it, for I have nothing to shame, my illness is only a name.

I am not bipolar, I have bipolar.

I am not my illness, my illness is only a part of me

and has formed many good traits of me, for you to see.

It is my passion and aim

to address and rename

mental illness in a positive beautiful frame

with an educated compassionate domain.

It’s time to burn out the hurtful negative flame

with a positive light, associated with its name.

Make a choice,

and be a voice

to decrease and stop stigma.

lt would be very big of ya.

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