This is something totally different from reviews or anything adult in a sensual nature but I hold this topic close to my heart.
Mental illness is not something to be shunned, still to this day I find it hard that people are more than happy to walk on by and stay ignorant to this. OK, I admit, it’s not because of that 1 person you’ve walked passed who has to stare at the lonely woman having a breakdown in the street but that 1 person COULD possibly change the outlook of 2 others, therefore leading into a chain effect of people becoming more open to understanding.
But there are a lot of factors that leans towards a lack of awareness. Could today’s society be uneducated, have a lack of familiarity, incompetence to someone’s needs or simply never had the experience of being around mental disorders?
Where can this change, start to change? Personally I think schools could start educating, TV is another good outlet, where people will watch, listen and learn but lets not make this a circus spectacle!
I have lived with PTSD for a long time, I worked in an environment to help others and I will openly admit that I suffer from this too. But it’s not the end of the world, there is help out there and it is slowly building.
Due to the above, I have taken a pledge with ‘Time to Change‘ to spread the word and even help others to understand that mental disorders or people living with them, should not be shunned, pointed and stared at or even belittled in any way, shape or form. Anyone can suffer from a disorder, it is not obvious to the eye, it is not a visible scar but a scar that is inside us, our burden we live with.
Friends and family can help, be a little more understanding and sympathize a little more. Please don’t shut that door on a family member or friend that has issues with opening doors to the world, help them one step at a time. Even if it’s meeting them out for lunch, going to the cinema or a nice walk in fresh air. BUT don’t treat people like me, as a wounded animal.
I often find that friends are worried or scared to approach me but they admit that they lack an understanding, one friend even said she was foolish enough to believe rumors about certain problems within PTSD. She thought I would be violently aggressive towards her, if she stepped out of line simply with a word. I did have to chuckle to myself about that and after sitting down with her and explaining a few things, she apologized. But we don’t need or want an apology, just the thought of our friends/family wanting to listen can brighten up a day.
If you have a minute to spare in your day or a quiet moment, then I would urge you to visit www.time-to-change.org.uk and have a read about this organization. Here is a snippet of what they are all about;
Mental health problems are common – but nearly nine out of ten people who experience them say they face stigma and discrimination as a result. This can be even worse than the symptoms themselves. Time to Change is England’s biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination.
You can also help with awareness by making a pledge via their pledge wall, which can be found (here) .
So start today and make a change, even if it is a small thing like sending a text or calling a friend that you know who is feeling a little down and asking them “How are you?“.