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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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  • JoinedOctober 27, 2015

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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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Stories by ChemNotCharacter
This is How it Feels: Personal Accounts of Mental Illness by chemnotcharacter
This is How it Feels: Personal Accounts of Mental Illness Non-Fiction
User-submitted stories about their own mental illnesses, their struggles with themselves and finding the strength to face it every day.
Mental Health Awareness Contests by chemnotcharacter
Mental Health Awareness Contests Random
At #chemnotcharacter, we encourage writers to explore characters suffering from a variety of mental illnesses. To promote this, we will be hosting a number of contests annually to spark awareness and spread the wor...
A Writer's Guide to Mental Illness by chemnotcharacter
A Writer's Guide to Mental Illness Non-Fiction
Mental illness: a popular topic in fiction, an unpopular reality. Tips and guidelines for writing realistic characters suffering from MIs, written for and by Wattpad authors. [Trigger Warnings]
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