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"Depression is a flaw in chemistry, not character." - Unknown

It's not cute. It's not funny. Mental illness does not discriminate; 1 in 5 people in Canada and the USA suffer from depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, OCD, bipolar disorder, or one of too many more.

At @ChemNotCharacter, we seek to curate stories that not only represent mental illnesses but do justice to people suffering from them every day. We work to create a safe place for you to share your stories, opinions and ideas. And we strive to shed light on the grim reality of too many people and incite a movement to stop the stigma that extends even as far as the Canadian and American health care systems.

At the tag #chemnotcharacter to your stories or profile to show your support and spread the word!

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Zella (@zellandia)


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chemnotcharacter chemnotcharacter Jan 03, 2016 05:18PM
Hello all,Firstly, HAPPY NEW YEAR! Here's hoping that 2016 will bring about even more positive change regarding mental health stigma.Secondly, I'm thrilled to announce that @FWOYMagazine has just r...
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