Mental illness is not a choice. So why is society so quick to shame and blame those who are suffering? We do not tell patients with cancer to “get over it” and to "cheer up". We do not tell those with a broken limb to “shake it off”. We need to tear down the social constructs that tell us that mental illness is "all in your head". We need to bridge the gap between the ways in which we view physical health and mental health.
Mental health is not a choice. But we can choose to speak up in the face of stigma and discrimination. We can choose to be empathetic and compassionate. We can choose to open our ears and our minds to those affected by mental illness.