Struggling with severe mental-health issues for years, Eleanor kept her problems secret for fear of people’s reactions. In her spoken word poem, “Broken Isn’t Beautiful,” she explains that she was more scared to speak about her mental illness than of the illness itself.
Her fears didn’t stem from stigma. They stemmed from how she sees mental illness portrayed in the media of her generation. Mental illness seems like a designer brand that people pull on because it’s cool. It’s cool to cut or to starve or to be sad. She is surrounded by messages that people are only beautiful if they are in pain. But, Eleanor is in pain, and it is not beautiful.
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