I was just chatting with a friend (for want of a better word) and it made me think about this issue. I had a breakdown at the place I used to work. For the following months I was treated like I was crazy. This one person in particular went around telling everyone that I was a doing it for attention. He'd post things on facebook like "attention seeking is not cool" and "some people need to get a life and grow up" and they were obviously aimed at me. I imagine there are thousands of people out there that go through this type of thing all the time. People just don't understand mental illnesses, which means those people that need are shunned and laughed at by their peers. If someone says they have cancer people immediatly feel sorry for that person, they ask after them, they treat them differently. People rally round and try to life their spirits, they donate money to cancer charities. What about us? Sure, there is help available, but the general public are pretty much ignorant on the issue as a whole. More needs to be done to raise awareness so the people suffering know it's nothing to be ashamed about!