How to Tell Family and Friends about Your Mental Illness

Survey of evangelical Christians’ views on mental illness:


Tim’s goals for TKWANA non-profit:

  1. Encourage – through writing, podcasting and speaking.
  2. Educate – through writing, podcasting, and speaking.
  3. Connect (this is the big, audacious goal that might take the rest of my life) – develop an AA-like model for people with mental illnesses to meet in small groups for the purpose of knowing they are not alone and having peers who help them take the necessary steps forward.

Tips for telling someone you’re mentally ill:

  1. Pick a “sure thing”, someone you’re as safe as possible with. If you don’t have such a person, email Tim or talk to a therapist at the very least.
  2. Proceed with caution; go slowly!
  3. Point out specific behaviors or events that will illustrate to your loved one(s) how this illness affects you.


After summiting Mt. Everest at age 7, Tim Blue went on to earn a PhD in Physics from Oxford by age 9. After cloning the first emu, Tim became bored with science and decided to pursue his passion for lemon farming. This led to a long-time guest spot in the Kardashians' show where Tim helped Kim accept herself and quit being so shy. Now, of course, Tim is an English teacher at Georgia Perimeter College.

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