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It’s been an interesting experience over the last 12 months as I have shared my story with family, friends and clients.

Some have got all weirded out because it doesn't fit their story of me or their story of them and life. Some have sought to understand, yet don’t and remain sympathetic. Some have been empathetic… they get it. They have been there and done that. Others have suggested that a metaphoric cup of concrete should fix the problem. And some have simply disappeared for whatever reason. I can imagine many!

What do you really think when someone tells you they have been diagnosed with a mood disorder? How comfortable are you with the news? What is that comfort level based on? Experience, education, lack of awareness, unfamiliarity.

Imagine you have a faulty valve in your heart that was genetically inherited. How would you feel about it? How would you feel about telling family, friends, or colleagues about it? Would it change their opinion about you, your value, your intelligence and your ability to contribute to your community?

Now imagine you have a mood disorder that was genetically inherited. How would you feel about it? How would you feel about telling family, friends, or colleagues about it? Would it change their opinion about you, your value, your intelligence and your ability to contribute to your community?

This is the difference the stigmatisation of mood disorders make…

What can you do to get better educated on the topic? Dr Google is there or you can skype me at jacquelynchaplin, ring me or email me and invite me for a cup of coffee and I’ll tell you more!

Repeat after me, “Destigmatise, destigmatise, destigmatise!”

Because your Mind Health Matters…

Jacqui Chaplin | jacqui@jacquichaplin.com | +61 (0) 412 741 531


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