Dealing with mental illness doesn't have to bring your life to a halt. Many people live with mental health issues and you would never know it. We go about our lives, we contribute, we are smart, intelligent, creative, funny and loving people. We sometimes have a hard time convincing ourselves of that fact though. People who live with mental health issues are strong! The key word in all of this is, LIVE! Mental health doesn't define who we are. We do.