Why is it that any other part of your body can be broken except your brain? Why is a broken leg or a failing kidney more significant than a mental illness? Whether it be depression or schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, why is the advice for that to “perk up” or “it’s just your imagination” or even “stop being so sad all the time” because we really never thought of that idea. Why is it that you can call into work saying your puking but you can’t call in saying you’re feeling suicidal? Why is it a heartless act to joke about cancer but it’s okay to joke about an eating disorder or even self harm? Telling someone with depression to ‘stop being so sad’ is about as affective as telling someone with a heart condition they’ll ‘get over it’. And don’t say someone with a broken bone or kidney failure or even cancer ‘didn’t ask for it’. You believe people WANT to be sad every god damn day of their lives? You think people choose to hear voices that aren’t really there? Please, someone explain to me why it’s okay to undermine a mental illness when it is literally a chemically based issue. People aren’t ‘feeling sorry for themselves’ or ‘making things up’. They don’t think their life is terrible or are doing it for attention. They seriously have no control over it. So the next time you feel like telling someone to get over it or feel like making fun of them for a mental illness, stop and think about if your heart was failing, would that be a funny thing to joke about? And how helpful would it be for someone to say ‘get over it’ ?