Are You More Aware? #DCfC
Towards the end of March I went through a pretty major medication change for my mental health. By the first week in April I was thinking more clearly than I had in probably a year, maybe longer. One evening I was sitting on the couch watching television with my husband when all of a sudden I had this idea! Could I host a guest series for the month of May all about mental health awareness? May IS mental health awareness month, and I AM passionate about promoting education and awareness in regards to mental health. So, I hopped online to consult my blog sister, Lizzi, and see if she thought it was a viable concept. She did! But then I thought, who do I ask to write for me? It was already April, was I giving my potential writers enough time to put something together? Continue reading
Fight With Us | #DCfC
Mental illness is a plague in our society that knows no bounds. It cannot be ignored. Pretending it does not exist will not make the diagnoses disappear. It rages on, inflicting its wrath on hundreds of millions worldwide and does not discriminate against age, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or income. Despite its overwhelming prevalence, there is a significant lack of funding for research. Treatments and medications are outrageously expensive and those afflicted are often treated as lepers by the rest of society. There are a plethora of diagnoses categorized as mental illnesses but rather than distinguish between them anyone with a mental illness is often labeled as ‘crazy’. This is not a new phenomenon and while there have been vast improvements in regard to societal and medical understanding of mental illnesses in the past fifty years, there is a long road ahead paved with ignorance and stigmas. This must end.