Regardless of type, your illness is only a weakness if you consider it one. Here at Compass Movement, the biggest stigma we're actively trying to eradicate is the one about mental health. This horrible stigma scares those who think their struggles are abnormal into hiding, and they're forced to carry the weight of their illness on their own. We weren't meant to carry our issues on our own. We think there's no one else like us, but in reality, we're all hiding from the world, trying to pretend that we're perfect. But nobody's perfect. The brain is such a complex, sensitive organ, and we can't expect it to function perfectly our entire lives. We take what we're given, seek help for what we don't have or can't do, and learn to live our best lives with the blessings we were born with.

You are still so worthy, so important, and so valuable. Whoever's said anything different is wrong. Everyone's life has equal value and purpose, regardless of their abilities or situation.

Don't let anyone tell you who you are or what you're capable of. Don't let anyone tell you that you're a burden because of any of your traits. Don't let the stigma you may face keep you from reaching out or achieving your dreams. Only you can decide what you can do, and you can do anything you set your mind to.

If you don't think you can reach out to anyone you know, please don't hesitate to call a hotline. Do anything you have to, but do not cope alone. Please don't be afraid to reach out, you deserve the help you receive.