Name: Alexa Kay Gill
From: Clinton , WI
My whole life I could tell that I never quite felt myself. As a child I could feel this overwhelming sensation of isolation; no matter where I was or what I was doing I just never felt peace or serenity. As I grew older and educated myself as I learned more about mental illnesses. It came to my attention that I myself was experiencing these terrible illnesses. Being in middle school still I never felt that comfortable or even that I was allowed to tell my parents that their daughter was mentally ill. I was always scared of the consequences or how they might react; this lead to me bottling up my emotions and shutting down from open communication. As time went on I learned that I could not continue my life by hiding in fear. I was fed up and I refused to let the mental illnesses that I never asked for take over my life. I gained the courage to tell my mom freshman year, which led to many counselors and psychologists. I could not be more thankful for the support system I had then and continue to have today. Because of them I am proud to say that I am still breathing today; I woke up today and did not want to die. My past experiences don’t define me, but they will influence my future; only with my management degree I plan to minor in psychology to deepen my understanding of mental illness. I am a survivor of mental illness and I am proud to say it. Without them I would not be furthering my education and looking toward my open and bright future. Take it from me, mental illness is not greater than your future accomplishments. Please keep moving forward, you would not be here if your future path wasn’t sparkling with potential. To those who are still struggling, I see you, I see your pain. You are not alone, not today, and not tomorrow.