The internal brawl with hearing voices, experiencing mood swings, and suicidal attempts each haunt me as I endure a mental illness. My name is Rwenshaun and in 2007 I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, Severe with Psychotic Features. As a Black male, the struggle of acquiring this information, acknowledging that it was true, and learning how to manage my symptoms was not an easy task.

I am far from having all of the answers and each day continues to be a battle that I must greet with a smile or frown on my face. However, I have learned that as I increase my knowledge and share what I know to those around me, this is a battle that I do not have to fight alone.

I am not a licensed mental health professional so my aim is not to diagnose anyone or simply give you facts about an array of mental health illnesses. I am a person who continues to push forward with life despite numerous ups and downs. From my first hand encounter, I would like to put aside my fear of being judged, insecurities, and the perception of others to let people who may suffer from a mental illness that they are not the only ones. We all have good days and bad days, but some may need help to make sure that their good ones outweigh their bad ones. I want to help break the stigma and promote wellness for everyone.

Mental Health Awareness is "Monumental" for ALL communities!