There is no map, yellow brick road, or rainbow to lead the way. BUT there are millions that fight and win the battle with mental illnesses. These are a few of their stories.

On days I am filled with pain and depression I work hard on focusing how far I have
become. I try to think of what I have accomplished in my life and how amazing that
is. I have been through a lot, but not as much as some, this I understand. I have been
through depression, mania, abuse, betrayal, self-harm, addiction, disease, and loss of
all hope. I have also seen numerous loved ones with these same hardships. I have
been at the bottom of the bottom, but I have never been this healthy in my mind. I
have made it through all of this just by my faith in God. It is the number one thing
that gets me through hardships and just everyday life. I have faith that things will
work out, that someday I will allow love, that I can accomplish great things, and that
God will not give me anything I cant handle. Some things may take years to
overcome, but I can never lose my faith. When I think back to where I’ve been, I am
so thankful for how far I’ve become. Back then I never thought it was even possible
to get out of such a deep hole. However, it is far from easy, and it is not ever lasting. I
work every single day on bettering myself, and my mind, keeping my faith and creating a better relationship with God. I pray to never return to that deep darkness,  but I keep in mind that I must work hard every day to prevent that. I have learned so much about myself and about what I need in life to be happy, and still working on this every day. I am still far from my best and my true potential, I may never get there, but I will never stop trying.

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