October 10 = World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day.

Here’s some facts:
– Mental health can be described as an inner state of psychological bliss and well-being; mental illness is an absence of that state, not an absence of a specific diagnosed mental disorder or disease
– the estimated rate of mental illness in Canada is 1 in 5; the World Health Organization thinks the world rate may be closer to 1 in 3
– mental illness costs jobs, it costs taxpayers, it costs lives
– mental illness doesn’t discriminate – it hits rich, poor, young, old, every culture, every education level, every body and brain type
– we do discriminate against the mentally ill
– the stigma experienced by people with a mental illness adds to the suffering, and for some, can be more destructive than the illness itself

And here’s some flavour:
– unrelenting loneliness, doubt, fear, and worry
– body aching, heart aching
– slow drip of hope, swirling away down the drain
– every day just one more to get through
“don’t talk to me, don’t look at me, don’t bother me, don’t touch me, for God’s sake don’t bump into me, leave me alone, just please go away…”
– muting of colour, amplification of sound
– sinking quietly into the deep

In the end, we all struggle, some more, some less.
But we all struggle, and we all flounder.
In my experience with mental health, and mental illness, I’ve found that no matter what, where, how, and how often we struggle –
it’s better to flounder together.

Mental illness can be treated.
All mental illnesses.
Effectively.
But not if we don’t talk about it.
Happy World Mental Health Day.

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1 comment so far

  1. Nanci on

    I hear the pain and emotion that doesn’t come through with all the statistics and headlines.


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