Can you imagine the lives that could be changed, even saved, with early diagnosis and help? How many people could be given a new lease on life? How many people could keep from turning to alcohol, drugs, sex, or even crime due to a war that’s going on inside their heads? It’s time, in my humble opinion, for people to start making as much noise about mental illness as breast cancer, heart disease, lung disease, hunger, and diabetes. I’m not saying make LESS noise about these monsters (my own family has been visited by all but one of these physical monsters – suffice to say, none of us have ever been hungry but many loved ones have stared down the other nightmares).
All I’m saying is more attention needs to be given to mental illnesses as well – in addition to physical illnesses. I think we can all agree on that.
It’s way past time for the idiot stereotypes to be thrown aside. It’s time that people face the truth: Mental illnesses are just like other illnesses – they can not be helped. The individual who suffers with something such as schizophrenia is just as much a victim as the one who suffers from diabetes. The individual who lives with depression needs sympathy and understanding just as much as the individual who lives with asthma.
If you know, or if you are, an individual who’s personal monster lives in their head as opposed to another physical location – I want to point you to a wonderful website and community where understanding, friendship, help, and heroes reside: Bring Change 2 Mind.org. I’m pleading with everyone connected in any way to mental illness to visit this website, reach out to them, and allow them to reach out to you.
In their words: This is where the misconceptions stop. This is where bias comes to an end. This is where we change lives. Because this is where we Bring Change 2 Mind.
Smell that? That’s the sweet smell of hope.