Not that long ago, we whispered the word “cancer” when we even we willing to speak about it and shunned anyone with HIV/AIDS.

We have evolved significantly past reactions like this.

In the arena of physical illness, we more easily normalize than demonize and can distinguish our value from symptoms. We found some compassion for each other and ourselves. We educate, raise money, empower and heal ourselves.

This transformation has yet to come for mental illness.