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Mom Uses Selfie To Help Break Down Mental Health Stigma
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When mom Erin Jones posted a selfie with her prescriptions for antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication on Facebook, she inspired a social media movement to help break down the taboo surrounding mental illness.

On Sept. 2, Jones -- who blogs about being on the Autism spectrum and raising kids with special needs at Mutha Lovin' Autism -- shared this photo on her website's Facebook page, along with a message about seeking treatment.

"I have tried living this life without prescription help," she wrote in the caption. "It seems to have me on top of the world one minute and rocking in the corner the next. There is no consistency. I'm done with that. Anxiety and antidepressant medication to the rescue. Sometimes, folks, we just need help."

The post has over 800 likes, and the comment section is filled with stories from other parents about their experiences with mental health issues. Some even shared photos of their own medications.

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anonymous
Awesome!!
Where can i follow her.
+5 votes
Oct 1, 2015
Alicia Collier
She is on Facebook as ***** Lovin' Autism!! Been following her for quite some time- she is amazing!!!
April Till 150 points
I'm having a hard time not sitting int this comment section playing fan girl, lol (Seriously, I am SO proud of my friend).  The thing about Erin, is that she puts herself out there on so many fronts and she does it with heart.  She's funny, honest, poignant, and real.  Topics on her radar, always handled with respect, can range from daily news to autism, to homeschooling, mental health, athletics, pugs and boxers, and Christian kindness.  

Her voice lives where a lot of powerful, relevant, current topics collide.  I don't know if she set out to do this, but what the results of her time on ***** Lovin Autism has done was to blow open doors to second guessing otherness, including in mental health.  All because THIS cool haired girl gives us an example and a platform to re-evaluate as a community a lot of relevant things.  Considering the topic of the Neurotribes  book, recently authored by Steve Silberman, mental health (and autism) are really becoming important topics of discussion, advocacy, and our social responsibility to end stigmas.  Erin is #MedicatedandMighty and I'm proud as a pug in a rug to know her.
phxrrs1 230 points
She is here...and she is AUSOME!!
https://www.facebook.com/MuthaLovinAutism
+3 votes
Oct 1, 2015
KEMZmom 190 points
Folks, this mama is real. What you see is what you get: good, bad, ugly, and everything inbetween-- she's standing up for her kids, her family, herself. And I love her for it.
+2 votes
Oct 1, 2015
Dominique
This mama is a true face of the special needs community....she keeps it real, she shares her downs, her ups, her laughs, her tears. She has HELPED ME HELP MY SON because she can help me understand his a.s.d by giving us a look from 'inside'. Ellen will love her, too!
+2 votes
Oct 1, 2015
Jen Crocker 170 points
This mama bear is my spirit animal! Love her to bits!
+1 vote
Oct 1, 2015
anonymous
It is highly unlikely that Ellen will not instantly become bff's with this gal and her family. I'd wager that we'd see Ellen with blue hair and new ink within hours of their meeting. ;)
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Oct 1, 2015
anonymous
I already love your show, Ellen and, well, Erin and Ellen together would just make it that much more incredible.  The world needs to hear Erin's message.  So many people who are suffering with mental health challenges need to hear that it's okay to ask for help, and it's okay to take medication that can help you live a better life.  It doesn't make you weak, or less than anyone else, it just makes you human.  

Erin's post helped me to overcome my phobia of taking antidepressant medication - a feat my doctor has been struggling with for some time now.  I cried.  I was shaking.  I had so much to gain by taking that medication, but I was so afraid.  Not only because of my phobia, but because of the stigma attached to those tiny little pills.  If by taking it, did that mean I was as society claims - crazy?  Nope!  But, with Erin's FB declaration, I took a leap, and I felt damn good about it.
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Oct 1, 2015
anonymous
Erin has so many good things to share!
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Oct 2, 2015
Dixie 160 points
Erin has so much heart, courage and humor.  She would be a great guest ( says a white haired 53 year old fellow mama)
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Oct 2, 2015