Letter to My Mental Illness

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About This Tool

When you're struggling with mental illness or addictions, it's easy to feel out of control, feel like mental illness are all magical and powerful. 

But mental illness and addictions aren't magical - and they don't control you.

One strategy to help you choose yourself is to personify your mental illness.  Give it a name and break up with it.

This way you can think about it in a different way that feels controllable.

Your mental problems are like a bad relationship. They are essentially domestically violent interpersonal relationships. What seems like not such a big deal can turn very ugly and hurtful. And the hurt it causes you is real, painful, and subtle.

The worksheet above is a guide to starting your letter.

The best way to help you build up strength to fight is to consider the following questions when you're writing your letter.

  1. When did things start?

  2. Why do you hate it? What troubles has it caused you?

  3. How are you going to “leave” (stop or take control of the behavior)?

  4. How are you going to feel when you leave it behind?

About the Creator

Mental Health America (MHA) - founded in 1909 - is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need it; with recovery as the goal.

 

Contact for Questions or Concerns: info@mentalhealthamerica.net

 

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