Hey guys. It’s Hannah. Thanks for tuning in. So, today we’re going to confront this question: Why is it hard to talk about mental health? Why is it hard to come forward about a diagnosis of bipolar, about a diagnosis of depression, anxiety or any mental health condition? And I came forward about my diagnosis of bipolar 2 a couple of years ago. So I can just tell you from personal experience the things that I’ve seen and the people that I’ve talked to about the stigma that so severely surrounds mental illness that keeps people quiet about mental health. When people come forward about a mental health condition or even want to talk about it, they’re afraid they’re going to be judged. They’re going to be looked at as being weak, unstable, crazy, psychotic. So it’s a little easier to understand why someone would be very hesitant to talk about this with their family or their friends. A lot of people throw out facts but it relates to this stigma. For, an example, “Hey, Hannah. You know, you have bipolar. You must be violent.” Well let’s dig a little deeper. In actuality, only 3-5% of violent acts can be attributed to people with a serious mental illness and substance abuse tends to play a role in those violent acts. Okay, that’s a statistic. And it’s not like you can say, “Well, oh, I don’t know about that.” It’s like, no man. That’s a statistic. Okay, that’s the truth. One of my biggest pet peeves is that a lot of people, when they come forward about a mental health condition, all of a sudden normal reactions that they have to situations become a reaction of bipolar, depression, anxiety. And I’m going to give you an example taking a scene from the movie, “He’s Just Not That Into You”. And in this scene, Jennifer Conally finds out that her husband is cheating on her. She reacts. She’s pissed. She’s sad. She feels like she’s been betrayed. It’s a normal human reaction to most people. But wait a minute. What if I told you prior to this, that in this movie, Jennifer Conally, is diagnosed with bipolar disorder? Does your view about the scene change? Do you think, maybe this wasn’t a normal reaction? Maybe when she slammed the mirror down, man, that was kind of was overreacting. You know, she’s got bipolar disorder. Every time you get mad or sad or you have a reaction, they blame it on your mental health condition. That’s not fair! And my goal, by doing these videos and sharing my experience, is to help people come forward. So please share your comments, share your experiences related to stigma. How you came forward to your friends and family. What kind of reaction you got. Because I would love to hear them and so many other people would. And that’s all I’ve got for today. So thanks for tuning in. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel. It’s the little red button you see in the corner. So go ahead and click it. And I’ll see you next time. Bye guys.