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MENTAL ILLNESS IS NOT YOUR CAUSE DU JOUR. MENTAL ILLNESS IS NOT SEXY. MENTAL ILLNESS IS NOT A BADGE OF HONOR. MENTAL ILLNESS IS NOT FOR YOU TO PIMP. MENTAL ILLNESS IS REAL. MENTAL ILLNESS DEMANDS AND DESERVES RESPECT.

Amateurs worry about reputation.
Professionals worry about character.
Amateurs are obvious opportunists.
Professionals and their work endure.

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CALLS TO ACTION

1. Recommend this story. It helps others see the story, lets me know my work is worth writing, reading and recommending and makes me feel validated and fuzzy, because honestly, whose cold, dead heart isn’t instantly thawed and revived by the dizzying dopamine of notifications? Like, share, retweet, lather, rinse, repeat. Also, the doctors say if I don’t feel fuzzy, I’ll die, due to a rare deficiency in social currency triggered whenever my Klout score drops below 70. It’s 67 right now. Not a good look. Do you want me to die?! Didn’t think so.

2. Share this story: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email, etc.

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Author, BROWN GRASS | CEO/EIC, PERENNIAL MILLENNIAL. Earned 3 STEM degrees in 5 years. Advised Fortune 500 C-suites. Medium’s resident cheerleader since 2015.

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SF Ali (Farooq)

SF Ali (Farooq)

Author, BROWN GRASS | CEO/EIC, PERENNIAL MILLENNIAL. Earned 3 STEM degrees in 5 years. Advised Fortune 500 C-suites. Medium’s resident cheerleader since 2015.