I'm not ashamed of my bi-polar any more then of all my other mental health issues, but that's because I have a wonderful gift in information- knowing what is happening inside a sufferer's head and that is not their fault or in their control is the key to public acceptance; I believe it is also the key to the sufferer's own acceptance.
When I lived in Adelaide I went to 4 different Drs to try to get some help, and was told by all 4 (would you believe) that there was no such thing as depression, that all I needed to do was cheer up and think positive thoughts! I finally took my brain scan reports from Perth and the recommendation of suicide watch given to my carer before I was even given some antidepressants. And even then I practically had to self medicate.
Australia may have one of the best immunisation programs in the world but the level of care for anything brain related is appalling.