Reminding ourselves that our mental illness is not our fault is crucial to keeping our heads above water in the brutal undertow of the social currents of shame, blame, and stigma.
While it is essential that we take responsibility for our choices and actions, we are not responsible for having our illness. Nor is it a shortcoming or moral failing.
As brothers and sisters in the struggle, we must stand unified. Drawing strength from one another, from our experience, strength, and hope, from our support network, and from our spirituality.
Our goals should be to help one another get and stay in Recovery AND to ensure that society affords us our human rights and dignity.