“I would like to raise awareness that mental illness, and discrimination against it, appears in every walk of life. As a police officer struggling with a severe mood disorder, I was told I should not be allowed to work because I took medication to stay stable. The pressure on me was enormous, and I eventually caved in and had to go on disability. To this day, I am more likely to tell people either that I retired, or that I suffered a.brain injury, rather than face the stigma of mental illness.”