A few weeks ago I asked for Latin@s to submit videos of themselves speaking out about their mental illness. In full transparency, I only received one submission which was from one of my friends. But I can understand the hesitation. It is a lot to ask for people to come out and make themselves vulnerable to criticism, judgments, and shame.
So I decided that I should submit one of my own so that maybe others can follow suit. Whether or not something comes out of this, it doesn't matter. I want people who look like me to know that they are not alone. There are so many instances where white people show how they have overcome the struggle of mental illness but I never see someone like me. So I decided to do it myself.
Please feel free to see me as someone you can reach out to and count on. We have to support one another. This is one of the hardest things I have ever done but I am who I am. I am not my circumstances. I am my resilience.