Awareness, Awareness, Awareness

It’s all about awareness.  Be aware that you are not alone. 
There is nothing to be embarrassed about, no need to hide, hiding is futile.  Numerous people, even celebrities have declared to the whole world about how mental they are.  I do not suggest you to do the same.  The message that I want to impart is that there is help out there. 
Patty Duke wrote her memoir “The Brilliant Madness” is an excellent book how this illness became manageable.  Even William Styron wrote “Darkness Visible”, his memoir of madness.  They are both good reads. 
It’s Mental Health Week from May 6 to 12, 2013 in our community.  Let’s learn, talk, engage, reflect and be involved how we are affected by this disease.  The Canadian census states that one in every three Canadians will experience problems with their mental well-being.  That is a high ratio.  I hope they are wrong. 
So, I encourage you to be involved in your community especially to your loved ones.  Be open about it.  Mental illness is just as common as an ordinary headache or cold. 
Personally, I do not call this mental illness, I call it brain disease.  And that is another story.
 
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17 thoughts on “Awareness, Awareness, Awareness

  1. Hello dearest, Perpetua. I’m sitting in my pyjamas, reading posts. Lol. I love this post. I hate the stigma attached to mental illness. Its better than it was years ago, but unfortunately this is why people still suffer in silence. I should get dressed and go so hello to the world! Hugs Paula. Xxx

    • Are you decent now, Paula dear. Stigma, those people are so ignorant. Everybody has “mental illness”. The more I study this subject, the more compassionate I become with them ignoramus. There was a show at Knowledge network last night about “mental illness” especially on men, it is harder on them. Okay, hugs to you too. Got to works and face the crazy world. 😛 Carpe Diem. Perpetua.

  2. Great article, P! Indeed, I do believe those numbers … And unless someone has actually experienced, like depression as an example, they don’t understand. They think of it as a state that be conquered just by telling ourselves, “just don’t think about it!” Stigma, yes, ignorance because of lack of experience, more likely.

    • Thanks, TK. After watching Knowledge network last night, you are right. Easier than done to dismiss “don’t think about it”. Depression hurts not just the person but also the immediate relation to them. Have a grand day, eh.

  3. Very interesting. A loved one of mine has a mental illness and I learned first hand how important it is to be compassionate. It’s really important. Thank you for this post.

  4. Diagnosed…labled…identified….set-apart….one of the few…the proud….oh, wait thats the marines….sorry….um…yeah,…me too….me too… yep yep….lol!!

      • I am just proud to be, if they needed to label the changes that happened when I had to survive and cope with the atrocities and traumas I dealt with…so be it…if it makes the experts feel better. I think it makes them feel better to shove labels on me, because the truth is they can’t explain me. I am not dead. I don’t drink, I don’t do drugs, I am no bitter, angry, mean or promiscuous. I don’t fit any of their stereotypes, profiles, and I broke the cycles that I was never supposed to do….so…I must be crazy…lol. 🙂

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