For some people living with a mental illness, the myths and misunderstandings - and related judgments - can be more difficult to deal with than the illness. Whether it's the result of how mental illness is depicted in movies, the general belief - supported by media - that individuals with mental illness are prone to be violent, or our lack of knowledge about specific conditions, the myths persist and continue to have a negative impact on people's lives. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, "people with major mental illness are 2.5 times more likely to be the victims of violence than other members of society."
These articles show the reality of people who live with mental illness written by people who defy the standard stereotype. These articles - their personal stories - celebrate success on their terms, and in their words.