A Letter to Those Throwing Individuals with Mental Health Illnesses Under the Bus

Dear All,

Over the last few months, the last few years, and quite frankly for much longer than I know of, individuals have been using mental illness as a term synonymous with all things evil. I am flattered that you think so highly of us, great evil is not easy, it's very complex stuff, but I'm sorry to break it to you; my evil and inherent need for world domination is entirely independent of my Mental Illnesses. If I am efficiently wicked then awesome, and if I am not then stop comparing me, and millions of others, to Donald J. Trump and anyone else you view as bad. 

Let me be very, very, clear. The fact that an individual has a mental illness does not make them any less worthy of being president. It does not make them any less of a Good Person, or a decent human being.

So, for everyone that has made the term mental illness synonymous with being like Donald Trump, Thank you! You have increased the stigma for us that live with Mental Illness every single day. You have made it less likely that people suffering from mental health illnesses will seek out support. If you didn't know, you didn't know, and that's fine, but it's the same concept we expect everyone else to abide by. If you're harming people, you're harming people, your intention does not matter. Know, that even with the best of intentions you have made yourself unsafe for many of us. And if you do not care, then you are Ableist, just like if you continue to shout AllLivesMatter after being told repeatedly it's hurtful you're racist.

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Ahmad Abojaradeh is the Co-Founder of Muslim Community Link, An Engineer, a world traveler, a Peer Support Specialist, a Novelist and the founder and editor of Life in My Days. He hopes to spread awareness of living a life of wellness through his writing, workshops and speaker events. Follow Ahmad on twitter orfacebook

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