Whether your partner decides to be out or to stay yours, you will be glad you got that moment behind you.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness stresses the importance of partners not delaying that talk about mental health.
It is imperative for every person, but it's even more so for people like us.
I also didn't see it as such a helpful tool that I would recommend everyone try. Six weeks of therapy (I'm going back, promise) changed my life and helped me get through the tough time I had when trying to finish grad school, navigate my relationship, survive living in New York City and sort my feelings out about all of the racism I experience and witness every single day.
I was a mess on the inside for all of those reasons, so I reached out to New York University and had them connect me with a therapist for free.
All I could do was be surprised at my own self and apologize over and over.
Today, I'm navigating things way better and I'm done apologizing for my reality.
I've not only gotten myself into a much healthier place, but I've also figured out exactly how to have a relationship.
And while I'm not an expert on mental health, nor making scientifically backed suggestions, here are just a few pointers on dealing with love when you have a mental illness that have worked for me.
Your partner may have never been with anyone in your situation, or they may think they know and have no idea.
Five years ago, I would have not even mentioned counseling because I always felt it was something rich people did.
Your partner might also feel additional stress since dating someone with a mental illness has its own difficulties and requires more patience.
But you aren't destined to be alone or unworthy of love just because of the mental illness that you're fighting.
The site says, You need this information to support each other through health crises.