I will tell my story.
I will open space for vulnerability where stigma and silence have reigned.
In this, I bring my darkness to light. In this, I find hope.
In this, I kindle a spark for you to bring your own darkness to light.
“You are alone.” “This pain will last forever.”
These are the two great lies of mental illness.
And so, instinctively, we fight or flee.
In telling my story, I challenge myself and you:
Stand still and hold the light.