Sunday March 20, 2016
OPINION: Don't be a polite friend when it comes to mental illness
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But when he ended up in the psychiatric ward after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, he started to wish his friends had been a little less kind — and a little more willing to confront him about his behavior.
I didn't need friends to have faith and accept me for who I was. I needed people to say I was acting weird. - Alex Biron
In this radio essay, Biron argues early intervention for mental illness is a messy and uncomfortable process that sometimes requires people to forget everything they think they know about being a good friend.
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