Journalist Comes Out About Having Mental Illness

I want to share an article that I found interesting, it is a post written by Mark Joyella, a journalist and former television reporter who has just recently come out about having a mental illness to help fight the stigma that surrounds it.

His article, Screw Stigma. I’m Coming Out takes us on a journey through his fear of being identified as a mental health consumer to a place where he feels comfortable sharing his OCD diagnosis.

For someone in the public eye, I found this article to be extremely thoughtful and well written, as well as reflective. I think his journey can be related to anyone who has questioned their own diagnosis or felt self conscious about the idea of having a mental illness, not just for folks who have an OCD diagnosis.

In any case, I suggest checking it out… and for Mark Joyella, a big high five – thank you for being brave enough to come forward about your experiences!

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5 responses to “Journalist Comes Out About Having Mental Illness

  1. Thanks for sharing his article, really. I remember when Lauren Rowe (WKMG is my go to morning listen in) stepped away from the desk. As I go more into opening about my own issues seeing this absolute ever expanding network of support is amazing. So thanks again for sharing and I really enjoy your own articles. 🙂

  2. Thank you for sharing. I am currently startign the journy to be an educator while also on the journy to discovering my mental health.

    Today in fact I have to go to my GP and have a medical assesment filled out including boxes to be ticked for mental health, stress manegement, Energy Level, Back problems, Chronic Health conditions and medication requriements……

    So basically I have to go choose between being able to continue on with my education.. or be honest about my mental health.. and all of it feels very wrong, and just more panic inducing…

    Anny tips on how to “come out” in a field that is FAR from accepting?

    • I’m very sorry to hear you are being put in a position where you would have to choose between your education and your honesty regarding your mental health. I think peoples understanding and acceptance are beginning to change, but there are still many fields where people must choose between being open and being employed. I have personally tried being open with several employers and lost those (3) jobs with one being accepting. I understand that being open can be very risky and I also understand why many people choose to remain silent.

      Something that helped me gauge if it was ok to be open at work was to see how my co-workers and bosses have responded to stories in the news or other stories about mental illness. (Would these people give money to a fundraiser for mental health, for example?) If they seem supportive, I usually feel ok about being open. If my boss acts immature or very ignorant about mental health, I have been more likely to stay quiet.

      Whatever you decide to do, remember that things are improving for our situation. These changes wont happen overnight, but the more people who can be brave and honest, the more people will begin accepting reality!

  3. I love this article. I routinely run into people who judge me for being honest about my bipolar status who are crazier than me. One guy shaved his incisors into vampire teeth and wore a classic, Dairy Queen beehive do. This was a DOD military contractor and he’s wasn’t actually all that strange.

  4. Thanks for bringing this article to our attention……..I’m heading right over there to read it now!

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