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Why?

August 14, 2010

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Why do we turn our heads?

Why do we think that it is from drugs or alcohol?

What is it that drives such a negative connotation to mental illness?

Professional Football players suffer from concussions that result in TBI which has significant behavioral effects down the road.  Do we think any less of these people who end up medicated and at home?  A resounding NO.

My biggest concern is with the innocent victims of mental illness: children.  It was not drugs that they ingested willingly.  It was not any sport that they willingly took part in that they knew had negative consequences.  These children simply are and now they suffer.  How many organizations for mental illness are the big celebrities backing?  While I applaud the work of thousands like them, many folks are not getting the word out that there are children who can be treated and who can be success stories. The problem?  There is a lack of funding.  There is a lack of publicity.  There is a lack of interest.  It stems from the fact that mental illness and behavior health issues are “ugly” in today’s society. 

Why are all of those “normal” folks out there not doing everything that they can to support the resolution of mental illness?  By that I do NOT mean eradication of the population (identifying genetic traits during fetal development and aborting baby).

What have you done today to help another fair soul in your community?  When is the last time you asked a homeless person what troubles them or to just listen to their stories?

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Mental Illness

August 11, 2010

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We all talk about it.  We see the homeless out on the street and pass by without a second glance.  We drive past the psychiatric hospitals.  We watch the commercials on television for medications to talk to our doctors about.  Have we become so desensitized that we have no idea that we work next to them?  Our children play with them?  Hell, we might as well be one? 

Mental illness is one of the unspoken horrors that continues to threaten the very livelihood of hundreds of thousands of people each and every day.  Do you ever hear a commercial about it?  No, mental illness is the ugly, the dirty.  It is the drunken, homeless man with no teeth that begs you for money outside of a liquor store.  What we forget to think about are the children who are affected.  The crack babies, the abused children, children with traumatic brain injuries, children who have committed no foul, done nothing wrong in their lives except live who are tortured every day with these sicknesses. 

When I go to charities and scan the highest visited page, I see Haiti relief, cancer, and the Red Cross.  While these are wonderful organizations and I applaud their efforts, I have to ask myself why are the mental illness organizations not out there educating and sharing the many wonderful stories of these children and adults who need help and who can be saved who aren’t because society is so self-absorbed that we forget about the dirty sicknesses?