The human species thinks in metaphors and learns through stories.
Mary Catherine Bateson

I’m working on telling my story and I’d love to hear yours. Numbers, stats and facts are great and important, but sharing our stories is what’s really going to bring about change.

I think.

Here are some questions to get you started:

  1. Do you or someone you know, have a diagnosed mental illness / neurodevelopmental disorder?
  2. When were you first diagnosed? What was the diagnosis process like? How did you feel when you heard the news?
  3. Are you struggling to get a diagnosis? Are you on countless waiting lists? What’s that been like?
  4. When did you first become aware that you or a loved one were having mental difficulties?
  5. Tell me about a time when your mental challenges interfered with your quality of life. As a child? As a teenager? As an adult?
  6. Were you able to get treatment? Is it helping?
  7. What do you think caused your mental illness? What have you been told?
  8. How can we eliminate the stigma of mental illness? Do you stigmatize yourself in certain situations?
  9. What changes would you like to see made to our healthcare system as it pertains to mental health?
  10. What message or advice do you have for others living with a mental illness / neurodevelopmental disorder?

Send your story to tomasi.patricia@gmail.com

Thank you