Just because you have a mental illness and you identify with it don’t let it consume you. U are more than just a mental illness. I have come to realize this in recent years. I put on many different hats. For example, a PCA, a girlfriend, a college graduate, a cat lover, an outdoor lover, a bicyclist, a writer.
We are humans first and try and find a connection with other selves than just the mental illness one. If people see these other selves maybe they will see that we are more then just a statistic. Let the guard down and focus on other things in life even just for a while.