SAfter the events of the past week, I have been writing a complaint. I have all the "evidence" against me listed and will refute all of it. I am claiming discrimination based on disability, which is depression. Not every person with a mental illness is violent nor are they a danger to others. However, many people have this notion from the constant media coverage of every school shooting focusing on how they were mentally ill. What I fear the most is the witch hunt, stigma and ostracism of everyone who divulges their mental illness.
I fear that the people with mental health difficulties will always be labeled as crazy and dangerous. I am not dangerous to myself or others. Do I show poor judgement? Unfortunately, that is often. This happens when I am underemployed and do not use my one talent, my mind. What they did was add to a problem, not end it. Compassion heals and solves problems.
I fear that people with any type of mental health condition that disclose to their employers will be put under the same scrutiny that I was. It was a charge where the odds were stacked against me based on paranoia and hearsay. The evidence they had would not hold up in court for a commitment hearing because I am not a danger to myself or others. I am under medical supervision and actively participate in my recovery. The mind takes longer to heal than the body.
I know that this battle will be long and arduous. I am prepared to fight for people like me who struggle to make it through the day. I hope that my fear will not be realized. I hope that we can change as a species and be compassionate towards those that suffer. Maybe depression will not reach the epidemic proportions that is estimated. It will take a lot of work, but I can fight. I am stronger than anyone knows.