I see a lot of posts on Facebook and tweets along the lines of "please post this on your wall to raise awareness of mental health" or "I bet ten of my friends won't copy and paste this to fight the stigma of depression".
I don't see how this helps. It's mere lip service. If we want to break stigmas and raise awareness we need to start telling OUR stories, openly and unabashed. We can't be parrots that cry "mental health, mental health" over and over again. The world needs details, testimonies and personal tales to respond to, to breed empathy and understanding.
Please, don't just copy and paste. Tell us your story, or the story or a friend or family member. I'm ready to listen.