Living with mental illness can be overwhelming. In addition to coming to terms with the effects and symptoms of mental illness and creating a positive lifestyle, many people face the difficult decision about whether or not to tell people about their mental illness diagnosis This  is a common question in mental illness support groups and in casual conversation. There isn’t, however, a common answer. Whether or not to tell others about your mental illness is a personal decision. People have many reasons to keep their mental illness private, and others have many reasons to be forthcoming. If you are struggling with the decision about telling people, write down your fears, your imagined negative and positive consequences, your goals, and what you might gain or lose with your choice. Keep in mind, too, that the decision to tell people does not necessarily mean that you have to tell ALL people about your illness.  ​