“I choose to tell others about my illness. I want those close to me to understand.”
Choosing to talk openly with others is an important step towards recovery. Many people say that talking about their illness with those closest to them, while sometimes difficult, is an incredibly important part of their journey of recovery.
It might take a few conversations before you feel comfortable enough to explain to new friends or associates that mental illness is a part of your life. Similarly, it may take time for them to come to terms with the condition.
Most people will be pleased that you have confided in them and this may strengthen your friendship or relationship.
Some of the choices you will face include who to tell, how to tell them and when to tell them.
Before you tell people about your mental illness it is important that you:
- Are aware of and understand the illness yourself;
- Understand that others may take some time to understand your illness (but you can help them);
- Are able to let them know how they can help if needed; and
- Accept that they may tell other people.
By choosing to be open about your illness, you are making an important decision about how others understand and accept you as an individual. Remember that your illness is just one aspect of who you are and by being a good friend yourself, others will be a good friend to you.
For further information and advice on telling others, visit Choosing your path - Disclosure: It’s a personal decision