I try to encourage people to share their story and I understand it isn't the easiest thing to do. I get it..having to re-live the pain, the struggle and the heartbreak is just too hard for some people. You live in fear that someone is going to judge you, ridicule you, fear you. I get it...
Who can we blame for this? Do we blame the people that are uneducated and don't understand? Do we blame the government for the lack of funding? Do we blame the news media for making a mockery of our everyday life of struggle with our own mental health or that of our loved ones? WHO DO WE BLAME?
I must say that WE ARE ALL TO BLAME. We need to take this blanket that we have over mental health and finally share what our struggles are. How do you expect those uneducated people to understand? Fear is the worst thing you can allow to control you. You make everyone else's fear your own and guess what???? We all end up feeling the stigma and continue to apply blankets over the one thing people need to learn about. MENTAL HEALTH!
We have allowed this to happen to us. Hiding behind the one thing that needs attention in this nation keeps us from moving forward and getting our loved ones the help they need. We are all so scared of what everyone may think, how they will treat us, hate us, fear us but; WHO CARES! We are stronger than what we believe and we all need to unite together and make this fight OURS. One voice can spark a conversation but many voices can start changing the world.
As a Mental Health Advocate, I am encouraging everyone to get off your asses and help me make this place a better place for our families and loved ones affected by mental illness. Stand beside me, not behind me.