In life, when we are injured, we feel pain twice; the first pain is the pain from the actual injury, and the second pain is the pain we experience from knowing we’re injured. We can’t control the first pain, but we can control the second. If other people want to think you’re crazy because they lack compassion or education, that’s their decision, but it doesn’t have to paint how we feel about ourselves. It’s okay to have a mental illness – just like it’s okay to have cancer or irritable bowel. Instead of hating ourselves or being embarrassed about our condition, we need to practice radical self-acceptance and love ourselves.
Challenge the Storm is an idea, a mission. Mental illness is no joke, and we strive every day to motivate, inspire, and provide the tools to not only overcome your own struggles, but to support others in their journeys as well. We believe that we all have the power to change one life – and in the process – we’ll change the world.