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>mentally ill should be equivalent to saying I've got a cold, or the flu, or I sprained my ankle.
Not really, mental health has a stigma for a good reason because it can mean that you are a danger to yourself and to society at large. Obviously not all mental illnesses are the same but there is a reason we associate manics with violence, schizophrenics will paranoid destructive behavior, depressives with wallowing and self destruction, and autists with actually caring about doctor who canon.
I'm saying this as a person who has friends and family crippled by all of the above. In all seriousness I've had to deal with manics and depressives who have used being open about their problems as a way to absolve themselves of guilt for their shitty behavior and lack of self control, and people think they are helping by being 'understanding' and shifting the burned of their behavior on to everyone in their path, but this is tacit to abuse. Your cause is more short sighted than you think.
I agree an openness about depression for the introverted is a positive as it is for anxiety, and any learning disorder where people need to admit they fall short would be a benefit and there are plenty of milder cases where it would be relevant, but you can't treat all mental illnesses as being helped by people being accepting and open, and like it would always be of benefit to the problem, sometimes the best thing is for people to feel they should solider on and strive for a life of managing normality without drawing attention to themselves and people moving the bar to excusing their failures.