April brought the opportunity to let my voice be heard in the area of mental health, the struggles, misconceptions, treatments and simple thoughts of my own. I struggled through some of it; the challenge was trying to find things that began with each letter, but in the end, it came together. I did take a small break after the challenge to recharge my battery, so to speak and decide where to go from here. What I learned during the month of April though was this…………….
Mental Health Stigma will always be with us, as people, we fear what we do not know and cannot understand. The easiest thing to do is walk away and whisper to others what we fear the most about the illnesses. As one who lives with Mental illness, it is a heartbreaking thing to see, I speak for everyone; I believe, when I say we are just like everyone else; you would be surprised to know the truth about these illnesses and what they do and don’t do a person.
For some of this, I blame the media; they are first to mention mental illness as the cause for any act of violence that occurs, when it most likely had nothing to do with the event, but it is the perfect scapegoat for what was done, after all. How could anyone really cause such pain to others? It is for this reason that I rarely watch the news anymore; it makes me angry on so many levels.
Now that I have put it out there about my illness, it is time be more open and share the ups and downs, the struggles and triumphs of my battle in the hopes it will help others know they are no longer alone in this world, and you do not have to hide.
I am interested in what you think about the issue of stigma and mental health and if there are certain topics you would like to see covered here.