Michael ComerReview by Michael Comer
April 4, 2016 – Class at Bipolar Insights / Mental Health Educational Center

When Marcia wrote on the white board “Truth,” you could hear a sigh through the room. We immediately felt we would have to look at our own failures and address acceptance about mental illness.

We should have known Marcia always has a surprise waiting; tonight was not any different. We learned how powerful truth is and how productive it can be as we face each day.

What exactly is truth?

Among being honest and living with integrity, truth is doing the right thing when no one is watching. Sometimes truth hurts; it is reality. Truth also holds power. We can gain power from truth through admitting what something really is and truly understanding it.

What is truth based on?

Facts, morals, knowledge, even one’s own belief. Real truth is based on education and research, meaning looking into resources, becoming self-aware as well as leading a pro-active role in your own mental health. However, you have to have a foundation to be truthful. That’s where education and learning about yourself and your health can be useful. It can’t all happen at once, it has to be step by step. True learning is done every day, and we can all be “Students of Life.”

Building a foundation begins with wanting to know more answers about your life, your past, and hearing other people’s stories too, not just our own.

At class, we talked about who you are, the individual, not just about mental health issues. Everyone in the world wants to achieve their purpose in life and figuring out what your purpose is the first step to achieving it. Your journey will lead you there, so be patient with yourself.

The only way to change stigma is to change the way you look at yourself. We must all live our life in healthy ways; we need to lead by example.

“Whoever puts the truth first will never lose anything except for what was never real in the first place.”

“Truth wants you to know that it is never in your best interest to suffer – no matter how inwardly convincing it may feel to you that you’ll be betraying yourself or someone else if you don’t suffer.”

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