I speak out after a recent autobiography I read from a psychologist I admire. Marcia Linehan. She struggled with the question her client's would directly ask her for 60 years. "Are you one of us?" She took the advice of other clinicians to never answer that question directly.
I contend that this increases stigma. I'll be brave and will answer this directly. Yes, I'm one of you.
I can still help and am a wounded healer in the middle of this with you. I am also proudly proud of those of you who speak of mental health and reducing stigma. I'll do my part, too.
I'm human with you and in this together.