Many people living with mental illness refer to themselves as broken. I do not understand this phrase or the concept. I know that my arm can be broken, because my arm was broken. It was set and healed. In the way broken is being used with people living with mental illness, I do not believe a person can be broken.
A person do not actually have a broken heart. It is a figure of speech, which only love, understanding, and time can mend. Not super glue or nuts and bolts can fix a broken heart, which in real life do not exist.
A person living with mental illness can not be broken and need not be fixed. They are human beings. Machines need bolts, nuts, and screws to hold them to together. Human beings do not.
People living with mental illness are human beings and do not require fixing. They do require understanding, compassion, and love like any other human being.