POSTED: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 5:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 5:16pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — One out of four adults experiences a mental health problem every year.
Tracy Moseley has been battling a mental illness for years, but hope's her story will show others that they are not alone.
"So especially now more than ever, it's important for people to come forward with their stories, so we can show other people that we're normal people," Moseley said.
Nearly 6 million Americans live with bipolar disorder, and Tracy Moseley is one of them.
"Yeah, people don't believe that about me. They would never know the whole story about me," Moseley said. "They would never imagine that I went through all of that."
Moseley goes from city to city to tell her story, so she can help in the movement to spread awareness on all types of mental illnesses.
"I have done it before, and it's still intimidating every time I do it because it's such a personally story. I mean, it's some of the deepest parts of my life, so it can be a little emotional," Moseley said. "I think people have a lot of misconceptions about mental illness. There's still a lot of stigma attached. People have an idea that if you have a mental illness, you are violent a lot of times because that's a lot of what we hear in the media."
Now, Moseley works with the national alliance on mental illness to help educate the community and create a support system for others.
"That there's hope, and that there's comfort in numbers and comforts in knowing that there are other people that are struggling just like you, and I think healing comes from sharing,"
October 6th through the 13th as Mental Illness Awareness Week to give people the opportunity to learn more about serious mental illnesses.