Interview with Janine Joseph (@the.fragilemind)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

I was always afraid of telling anyone that I have a mental illness, so I decided to tell the world, became a mental health counselor, and started advocating through Instagram.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

One of my followers DM me and she said that due to the culture she can’t tell anyone, not even her family that she was diagnosed with mental illness because it would shame the family and they would call her crazy. I talked to her for several weeks because I was in the same situation. During those weeks she wanted to kill her self, while talking I told her my story and how similar it was but my family reacted very different than I expected, she decided to tell her family, they were in shock but gave her the support she didn’t expect.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

To make their mental health a priority, if they’re not mentally healthy they will burn out and not help people but make them more confused.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

My teacher going through schooling to become a therapist. She is a therapist herself and she was so straight forward in class and to the point, I had my own breakthrough, I have seen may therapist but she was the only one that gave me my AHA moment, I realized I was lacking being grateful, I hadn’t even used that word for 10 years. That gave me the motivation to go big or go home. I want to help as many people as possible, and save lives, the Suicide rate is too high because of the stigma surrounding mental health and mental illness… I want to do what I can to put just a little dent in that stigma. It’s my mission for the rest of my life.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I spoke about the stigma of mental health and the suicide rate because of it in Bucaramanga, Colombia. It was so satisfying to let them know how many people are dying because they’re scared to talk.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

We don’t have to do all of it alone. We were never meant to. By Brene Brown

I relate to this quote because for so many years I was trying to do it alone, cope with the burden of carrying my mental illness, and trying to keep it a secret. When my family found out because I ended up on psych ward, they became supportive and told me over and over again that I’m not alone, and that they are proud of me but o need to ask for help when I know I need it, and that they will be there for me through anything. I wasted so much time thinking they would judge me, instead they held me and told me it’s ok we are all here. I still cry when I remember their reaction. I had to become so vulnerable and that takes the courage I didn’t think I had.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

The readers can follow me on Instagram “@the.fragilemind”.

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