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A Different Way to Think About Removing Mental Health Stigma


David Vetter was known as “the bubble boy” because his immune system was so weak, he had to spend his whole life isolated in a sterilized germ-free bubble.

If doctors could have strengthened his defenses, sterilization wouldn’t have mattered, and he would have been free. When it comes to freeing ourselves from the threats attacking our mental health, strengthening our defenses should be our priority as well.

Unfortunately, many people want a sterilized environment. When I was a suicidal teen, I didn’t want to tell anyone how I was feeling or expose my vulnerabilities.

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