Young Folks and Mental Illness
Many Unitarian Universalists (UUs) live with mental illness. Our congregations and communities are places where we strive to welcome your whole self, even when you feel broken. We believe you are loved because of who you are, not despite who you are.
You Are Not Alone
Because our society stigmatizes mental illness, silences conversations about mental health and blames or stereotypes people with mental illness, it can be isolating and lonely to experience mental health challenges. But you are not alone. Many people live fulfilling and meaningful lives while managing their mental health issues. Whether you live with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis, PTSD, obsessive compulsive disorder or another mental illness, some of your peers and elders have had similar experiences and we can empathize and support each other. Mental illness may be part of your identity and you are so much more than just mental health struggles; you are also a friend, a family member, your gender, your sexuality your race/ethnicity, your interests and your values, which are all beautiful and lovable things. Stay connected to yourself, your support system and people who can empathize.
If you are having thoughts of self-harm or suicide, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) right now. If you are seeking treatment, call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Treatment Referral Helpline (1‑877‑726‑4727) now.
Stories About UUs Living with Mental Illness
Follow the UU Mental Health Blog
Find stories about Borderline Personality Disorder from UU young adult Margaret Assany on The Mighty
Read a Reflection on Bipolar Disorder by an anonymous UU
- Check out UU young adult Kenny Wiley’s article on how Unitarian Universalism helped with his depression