This mask speaks for Nathan. In his poem he addresses his constant companion “my sickness”. Some may accuse the sufferer of using the sickness as a crutch but the truth is that becoming unstuck is not as simple as “pulling up your socks” or “getting your head out of the sand”.

“Sickness” need not define a person or be the cause of the sufferer’s withdrawal from society. Treatment can provide relief from misconceptions and help provide ways to reduce symptoms that prevent individuals from living a life of possibilities.

Shatter the Mental Health Stigma

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