Link – Why sometimes it’s OK not to talk openly about mental illness
This is something I agree with
But just because I talk publicly about my mental health, it doesn’t mean that you have to.
In fact, I think it’s very important that you keep your illness within a circle of trust until you feel comfortable talking about it on the internet, or anywhere else, for that matter.
I always try to remind folks to think long and hard before speaking out publicly. I love it when people can share their stories, but I want them to be aware of what having everyone know about your struggles, past and present, might mean, personally, professionally, etc.
Don’t get caught by surprise after you tell your story. Make sure you’re comfortable with not only people knowing, but however they may react. If you need some time to be strong enough to deal with the myriad possible reactions people may have, that’s OK.