One in five Americans lives with a mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), yet there is often a lack of empathy found in discussions surrounding these life-altering ailments. There can be too much emphasis on diagnostic labels instead of putting each person as an individual first. Dionne Mobley, 49, loves to cook, sing, go to church, and is the full-time caretaker of her mother. She also has been living with schizoaffective disorder since she was diagnosed 27 years ago. Here is a glimpse into what a day in the life is like for Mobley as an individual who also lives with a mental illness.
To learn more about Dionne Mobley, view her NAMI-NYC Changing Lives story
For more on NAMI-NYC click here and their In Our Own Voice series can be found here
Darcey Pittman is a writer and photographer based in New York City, holding a BA in journalism from NYU. She has written for The Mighty, Adweek, and Yahoo, among other publications. Darcey talks about living in NYC on her YouTube channel. You can see more of Darcey’s work on her website.
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