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PDF Colouring Page - "PIlls For Ills"

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This listing is for one digital download of "Pills For Ills" by Sunny Crittenden.

As someone with bipolar and generalized anxiety disorders, the foundation of my world is medication, specifically pills, because they keep my highs from becoming too high, my lows from becoming too low, and, along with therapy, they enable me to do things like art shows. Our culture perpetuates the idea that mental illness is something shameful that should be hidden behind closed doors. I say, “fuck that.”

Mental illness is an invisible illness. You can't point to it and say, 'that right there needs a bandage.' To some, acknowledging that you need medication to do "normal" things fosters the idea that you are not “normal” (god forbid!) or strong enough to handle real life on your own. Overcoming the stigma of mental illness and accepting that you need medication to do everyday things is an important part of getting better.

This colouring page was drawn in the psychiatric ward of Royal Victoria Hospital in 2015, after a suicide attempt. Colouring is actually a very popular pastime there, it keeps people calm and focused. It bothered me immensely that so many people were being forced to share tiny, broken fragments of old, basic, Crayola pencil colour sets, in only about a dozen colours.
This listing is for one digital download of "Pills For Ills" by Sunny Crittenden.

As someone with bipolar and generalized anxiety disorders, the foundation of my world is medication, specifically pills, because they keep my highs from becoming too high, my lows from becoming too low, and, along with therapy, they enable me to do things like art shows. Our culture perpetuates the idea that mental illness is something shameful that should be hidden behind closed doors. I say, “fuck that.”

Mental illness is an invisible illness. You can't point to it and say, 'that right there needs a bandage.' To some, acknowledging that you need medication to do "normal" things fosters the idea that you are not “normal” (god forbid!) or strong enough to handle real life on your own. Overcoming the stigma of mental illness and accepting that you need medication to do everyday things is an important part of getting better.

This colouring page was drawn in the psychiatric ward of Royal Victoria Hospital in 2015, after a suicide attempt. Colouring is actually a very popular pastime there, it keeps people calm and focused. It bothered me immensely that so many people were being forced to share tiny, broken fragments of old, basic, Crayola pencil colour sets, in only about a dozen colours.

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