On Air
0:00
0:00
Open In Popup
MPR News

As Mental Health Month begins, one woman's story of living with mental illness

Share story

Jenna Erickson talks about living with borderline personality disorder
Jenna Erickson, shown here during her visit Monday at the Kling Public Media Center in St. Paul, talks to groups about her experience living with borderline personality disorder. Erickson first realized she might have borderline personality disorder when she read about it in her high school psychology textbook.
Jim Bickal | MPR News

Jenna Erickson first realized she might have borderline personality disorder when she read about it in her high school psychology textbook. 

"I was like, okay, so I don't have all of these symptoms yet, but I can totally understand a lot of what they're talking about," she told MPR News host Cathy Wurzer. "And sure enough, it was confirmed later on." 

Now, Erickson shares her knowledge of living with mental illness as a public speaker and peer support specialist. She spoke with Cathy Wurzer about her experience, and some of the biggest misconceptions around living with mental illness.

May is national Mental Health Month. This interview is part of "Call to Mind," MPR's initiative to foster new conversations around mental health.