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Tomorrow begins Mental Health Awareness Month. I like that...the mental health part of that. Yes, we should focus on mental health. So much is said about the mentally ill and mental illness and we forget this other side, that there is hope and health waiting for us all somewhere along the road. Whenever I talk about mental illness it feels kind of dirty to me. It's like dunking something in mud and pulling it out and letting the gunk drip off of it; that gunk, in this case, being the illness. Why can't we talk about mental health?
-Medications that work
-Therapy that changes lives
-Caregivers and the work they do to help keep their loved one healthy and happy
-Advocacy for those that have a certain illness
-Sharing our stories so that others can find some hope
I could keep going listing things that are in line with mental health. That is what May is about and that is what I am going to work on bringing to light as the month goes on. I am a bit behind the eight ball as far as planning what I am going to do but I promise to make a real effort so that you all have something to share to your timelines during this very important month.
Even more exciting for me is that towards the end of the month there will be a Schizophrenia Awareness Week.
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This is my week to shine. My week in that I get to do a lot of things to try to change the perception of schizophrenia and to educate people on just what schizophrenia is. It has passed through my awareness in the last couple of days about the James Holmes trial. For those of you not familiar with it, this man came in and opened fire on a full movie theater in Aurora, Colorado in July of 2012. The media, of course, is now reporting, almost with zeal, that James was in fact a man with schizophrenia. Oh yes, let's be sure to get that fact out there. I don't know why it angers me necessarily but I guess it comes back to why I started this blog and what it is I write about and post articles about. Schizophrenia is not all of those violent acts we hear and read about. If anyone with any power in the media would take some time to do some reporting on someone like Thomas or one of your loved ones who is just simply trying to get through the day, then the world would see that it isn't all about bullets, tear gas, blood, carnage and terror. So, I remain on my mission to educate the public about schizophrenia and during that very special week of schizophrenia awareness, you can bet I'm going to fire my cannons fast and loud. I will not let this go. I never will. The world needs to know the truth and that is my one-woman mission.
On another front, Thomas is working on his next blog post. He's come up with a new title for his blog and he's calling it Tom's Corner. Doing this will make it so that his post doesn't have to be on a specific day. We are also working on trying to figure out what to write about. The other day he had his headphones on and he was typing furiously something about a riot. I asked him what he was doing exactly and he said he was listening to a song with a title something about a revolution and he was writing a story to go with the song. Never have I seen him type so fast and furiously. It gave me an idea, though, for his blog. I told him he needs to find a song that touches him and to write a post about himself and that song. I saw so much passion in what he was doing and I'm thinking he could parlay that skill of matching a song with a story into something good for the blog. He did show me some of his other works using music and story telling and I read through them but I felt they were........
......perhaps too violent, too polarizing......
I complimented him on the work he had done and how well he had matched the songs with the stories but I wasn't sure those types of things belong here on the blog. I'm hoping that what he does come up with eventually is more a showcase of his heart as opposed to his head which is clearly still fighting delusional thinking. I can't say for sure he'll do the song/blog thing so we'll see where he finally ends up.
Now, just a reminder, as far as commenting on this website, when you go to comment there is a drop down box that gives you choices of how you want to be known as the author of the comment and "anonymous" is one of the choices so feel free to use that resource to comment. I know some of you are still fighting with this but I've looked things over and can't figure out why exactly there is a problem other than that you need to choose "anonymous" from that drop down box. As always, however, you can comment under the post of this blog on Facebook. I'll see it in both places. Oh yeah, also, if you comment here on the website and don't see it, it's because I have to moderate the comments and manually post them. That always takes a day or so.
I do hope to continue to hear from you all how ever you choose to comment. It makes me feel less alone behind this computer screen.