by Rozella Haydée White, LEAD Consultant

One of the things I heard frequently from some of those closest to me during my last depressive episode was, “I just don’t understand what you’re dealing with and why it’s so hard for you to pull it together.” I never faulted them for thinking this as I didn’t even understand the hows and whys of my mental illness. Here’s the thing though – you don’t have to understand something in order to accompany someone who’s sick or struggling. You just have to be present. This article provides some insight into the “I don’t understand” thinking and invites us all to consider how we show up for those in a time of need.

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The stigma around mental health evolves from misunderstanding. Let’s unpack that misunderstanding.