My name is Wil Wheaton. I Live With Chronic Depression and Generalized Anxiety. I Am Not Ashamed.
Wil Wheaton
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Wil,

I agree that one should seek help if one has mental health issues but I think you are proferring bad advice to go public with such sensitive info. What if you had herpes? Would you wear a t-shirt advertising that? Uh, I thought so. Maybe you have great enough job security and a big stock portfolio to go public without consequences but most of us don’t. I live in a state that has “at will” employment laws. That means that an employer can fire anyone and not have to give a reason! I urge you to reconsider.

Remember that Joe Sixpack thinks that the mentally ill are dangerous and unpredictable at worst or that they are eccentric space aliens at the very least. As for a nonprofit org trying to change public perceptions, get real! Ethnic minorities are no longer referred to by the ugliest words in the English language; they have earned respectability.

The mentally ill will never dig their way out of this bad PR. Know why? A whacko shoots up a school and kills a dozen people. The public gets angry and outraged and the publicity dies down. Then another nut with a gun blazes a sports arena. There will always be an endless supply of crazies to keep getting into the headlines. Trying to rehabilitate the public image of the mentally ill is a futile and wasted effort IMHO. I respectfully suggest that this donation money is better spent providing mental health services to the indigent instead.