I attempted to edit this video down as much as possible, but because the audience questions added a great deal of depth to the conversation, I kept most of it together and just shortened it to the important content.
Now, I wanted to jot some important points here which were emphasized in this episode to keep in mind if/when you are ready to start opening up about your mental health to others.
- You are not obligated to tell anyone, but it helps to "strike when the iron is cold" if you know your condition will interfere with your work/relationship
- When speaking at work, be sure to stick to the facts, be specific with your request and what you need to help reasonably accommodate you.
- Be sure to read up on rights before you speak with your boss (link below)
- Avoiding the conversation with a loved one might not be a great idea, especially if your illness is not common. Give them to tools to help you by preparing them ahead of time.
- If someone reacts poorly, remember that there will be other people who will accept you for who you are and love you regardless, refocus your attention on finding them.
Until Next Time!
(which will be Thurs May 10th)
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