I can be a bitch sometimes.
Being mentally ill means that I am more likely to be shot by police. I am more likely to be raped or assaulted. I am more likely to be institutionalized, to be condemned as an unfit parent, to be denied employment or fired.
There's a reason the flight attendants tell you to put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others. It's because you can't do jack to help people if you're running out of air yourself.