Posts Tagged ‘Mental health’

Patience

August 30, 2010

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We go to school to grow up and be smart.

We are smart so that we can have a job.

We have a job to pay the bills.

We pay the bills so that we can be satisfied with tangible things.

When do we learn that to be wise is to appreciate the family and loved ones around you?  Why does our society place such a high emphasis on money, stature, and appearance?  It is because those who have these things are hiding behind them? 

A poor man with the love of his life is richer than the richest man in the world.  How many of us believe this?  We all talk about it but what happens when you lose everything?  What happens when the one you love is hurt? 

Unfortunately for many of us, it takes a serious incident or a loved one being hurt for us to realize that no matter what kind of car we drive, how much is in our bank accounts, how many outfits are in our closets from Europe, or how many friends we have, that the people we love mean more to us than any amount of money?  Recently, I had one of these situations and I have finally had the experience to know that no matter what we have in this world, the welfare of our loved ones means the most. 

Looking in the eyes of a child, a spouse, a sibling, a parent, a cousin, and begging their forgiveness for allowing pain to enter their life is an event that I wish upon no one.  So the next time your kids ask you to play out back on your way to the gym, think of them before yourself.  You can get a workout running around the backyard.  When your spouse gives you that look that they need to talk and you have a project due for work, take the hit at the office or pull and all-nighter.  You never know what they need.  It might just be the last night of their life…

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?