Introduction to Rachel Miles, Author of ‘Surviving Mental Health Stigma’
My name is Rachel Miles, and I am very excited to be joining HealthyPlace to write on Surviving Mental Health Stigma. I was first diagnosed with depression and an eating disorder when I was 16 years old. This resulted in my first hospitalization as well as my first experiences with therapy, medication, and confronting mental health stigma. At the time, I had no idea what a significant part of my life these things would become.
Rachel Miles Denies Her Mental Illness
For a couple years after graduating high school, I denied having a “real” mental illness and refused treatment of any kind. This was a huge mistake on my part, as my eating disorder, depression, and anxiety eventually caused me to drop out of college several years in a row. Even after I finally sought out treatment, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to graduate.
Rachel Miles Battles Her Mental Health Issues
It has been a very long battle with mental illness with many ups and downs—including residential treatment, hospitalizations, and intensive outpatient therapy. Through much of this, I felt a lot of shame for my perceived failures. But even though I struggled, many good things happened in my life, too. I met the man who would become my husband and greatest support. I studied abroad in Guatemala for a semester. I also finally received my bachelor’s degree in May of 2016.
Rachel Miles Fights Mental Health Stigma
I currently live in Minnesota with my husband and our German Shepherd, Bella. I am an avid writer, runner, bookworm and mental health advocate. Although I still struggle with the ins and outs of recovery, I have made it my goal to speak out about my experience to help combat the stigma that surrounds mental health issues. I believe that by spreading both hope and awareness we can overcome the barriers that mental health stigma presents to long-lasting recovery.
More About Rachel Miles and Mental Health Stigma
Watch this video to learn more about Rachel Miles and how she plans to fight mental health stigma.
Miles, R. (2017, October 9). Introduction to Rachel Miles, Author of ‘Surviving Mental Health Stigma’, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, July 19 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/survivingmentalhealthstigma/2017/10/introduction-to-rachel-miles