We decided to skip our “About” page. Instead, we look at your interest in SickNotWeak as a chance for us to apply to help you. So, what follows is our resume.
Also Known As: #ChangeIsHope, #FightForYourHappiness, #DontCallMeMike #CoolHandKook, #SickNotWeak
Date of Birth: December 14th 2009
Address: Your head, I hope.
Jurisdiction: “I will go almost anywhere I am wanted, and absolutely everywhere I am not.”
Sex: Unlikely — I’m on meds.
Social Media: @SickNotWeak, @heylandsberg
My name is #SickNotWeak. I am a not-for-profit corporation started by Michael Landsberg. I was born on December 14th, 2009 during a speech given by Michael. In a debate about what mental illness is – and is not – Michael shouted, “Obviously I am sick, but I sure as hell am not weak. I am sick, not weak”. It stuck.
I am unconventional. I am not limited, like other initiatives by corporate correctness or medical agendas. I believe that the traditional way- whispered, clinical, formal, and sanitized adds to the shame and reinforces the belief that people are weak, not sick.
If you are here for me, then I am here for you. I don’t abide by the normal rules – I say what I want, when I want to. My candor is my power. I answer to no one but those who need me. I can say without fear – screw the stigma!
I have been used as a thought, a statement, and a battle cry for over seven years. Some have used me to feel better about themselves, others have used me to show they are fed up with having their illness minimized, and still, others have used me to better understand the struggles of someone they care about. I am for one and for all. I have changed lives and saved lives. I am fueled by greed: No amount of helping will ever be enough. My strength increases every time someone uses me and it grows exponentially when someone chooses not to.
My work is always free. I am available for anyone, anytime, anyplace, and anywhere, to discuss anything. No shipping or handling add-ons. No hidden fees. I don’t cost an arm and a leg, I may even give you a part of your brain back.
I am highly contagious. When exposed to a population I can spread rapidly from one person to another. Open-minded people are particularly vulnerable. Call me an STD – a sensibly transmitted disease
Intern: I helped Galileo’s team deal with the stigmatization by the church.
Lead: I helped European hockey players break the stigma of being seen as soft.
Magic: I have the ability to appear in a million places at one time.
Languages: I speak the language of depression. It’s spoken in every country in the world, but only by those who have felt it. You can’t learn it- you have to feel it.
Mind Reader: I know what you think because I am you.
I have never hidden the fact that I have been jailed for thousands of years.