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Mental Health – Voices

“I feel the best way someone can change the views that’s placed on individuals with mental issues is by interacting with them to understand them better.”
Plattsburgh, NY
I am Natasha Winston Clarke and my uncle has a mental illness.

When I think of people with mental illness, I think of soldiers because they battle internal and external adversities. Internal issues because of what is going on with them and external because of the way that society views them.

My uncle mental illness started peeking through when I was very young and now I’m about to be 20. I never got the chance to ask what he actually had because my parents never wanted to talk about it. It seemed like they were ashamed.

I just knew it wasn’t something to discuss at the family dinner table. Even though me and my sisters were curious.

I feel that people with a mental illness get pushed aside a lot because they are not seen as ‘normal.’ I feel the best way someone can change the views that’s placed on individuals with mental issues is by interacting with them to understand them better.

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