I have bipolar disorder. A mental illness one in the same.
The kind of illness that some still whisper its name.
Diagnosed with mental illness you are blamed, biased and shamed.
Given treatments and medications that sometimes make you too tame.
Drugs that change parts of your personality, spirit and game.
It’s 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 their dignity and respect reclaimed.
Mental illness stigma needs to be stopped and renamed.
End the discrimination, bias and shame
for having an illness we never caused or wanted to claim.
I will continue to fight mental illness stigma. This I will always proclaim.
Speaking proudly and loudly. I am not ashamed. 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 negative hurtful flame
with a positive light associated with its name.
Make a choice
and be a voice
to decrease and stop stigma.
lt would be so very awesome of ya.
~Written by Susan Walz