Ok - I have been struggling with something and I just …need a little help.
May Day May Day!
Too dramatic? It is May, a day in May, not really May Day but ok.
A day in May is Mother’s Day.
Also Tuesday coming up is a day in May.
There is a whole month of days in May.
And the Month of May – all the days combined, the whole damn month ( I think there are 31 days in May)
Is Mental Health Awareness Month.
Did you know that? I did.
Not at the very beginning of the month but a few days into it and,being… several things I am, and what I stand for, the responsible thing to do would have been to write about it the first week and to have brought it to your attention. I mean that IS how you spread awareness.
But I have decided instead of all that,
I am protesting.
Why does Mental Health get a whole month of awareness?
Mental ILLNESS is what should be in the spotlight.
That’s what they really mean. If you read the motto and ..stuff, clearly what they are trying to do is make people aware of mental illness, stop stigma, and help those that may need it. Take away the shame and fear and isolation felt by the mentally ill and disordered by bringing awareness to the reality of their condition so they are more readily accepted as human beings and not dismissed as nut jobs.
Trying to being awareness to Mental Illness….????
Well I don’t have mental health. And guess what?
I never will.
Mental Illness, Mental Disorder…NOT Mental Health.
Why do you think I call our little daily breaks Mental Moments? Used to be, for like a minute, the Mid-Afternoon Mental Health Moment. I felt like a hypocrite. It helps with mental health? sooo if you don’t have mental health..then what?
Mental Moments aren’t really about that anyways. It’s about your mental state and making that better. Healthy or Ill.
Whoever deemed it called Mental Health Awareness needs a time out. And a dictionary. And to take mental HEALTH Awareness and … at the very least call it what it is.
Mental Health Awareness Month just left out the people its supposed to support.
Some are thinking .. Lizzie you are taking it too literally. Everybody knows when they say mental health it is just to encompass all the …all the what?
All the people with Mental Illness?
No, everybody doesn’t know that because I am somebody and I am asking why? If I am asking why, someone else, somewhere, is asking why too.
Here;s what I think.
I think calling it Mental HEALTH…the blanket way we reference mental state, is the most blatant form of denial about the mentally disordered and ill that ever could be thrown in their face.
The reason they refer to it as Mental HEALTH..is because Mental ILLNESS…Mental DISORDER..is too scary and sad. People fear what they do not understand.
Awareness days, weeks, months..are designed to help people understand, to bring AWARENESS to something that they fear, to improve the lives of those that are feared, or the conditions they have that make them scary..and sad.
Call it health even though is isn’t so that it sounds better… .
It’s a joke.
Me going to a mental health clinic, going by the name, is pointless.
Let;s take a vote.. how many here are afraid of Mental Health?
Mental Health is the absence of mental disorder or illness. If you have mental illness or disorder, you may never be able to have Mental Health. Ever. I say may, because there are some conditions that can return to Mental Health.
Not mine. And many others like mine.
One more thing, I was just noticing that, even though it’s a whole month long and its awareness and stuff, and even though for me.. it makes not much sense,
based on the PRINCIPLE of it, based on the seriousness and importance of it
Shouldn’t places like the social networks be talking about it?
There are so many people in this space that came here to find a way to understand their mental disorder, to find…themselves.
There are so many here that are trying to bring awareness to the illness, and the stigma… wanting to show others that they are beautiful, happy WORTHY people, even without their mental health….you would think that a huge thing like .. WordPress for instance, would for just one month try to help?
How many topics are about mental health, mental illness or metal awareness? How many have you seen FP where the post that got all the attention was about any of that?
I waited.. Today is the 12th of May.. 12 days of awareness already gone without much effort at awareness that I see.
Of all the blogs I read, I saw two maybe three mentions about it.
I didn’t mention it.
Call it whatever you want. Mental (insert choice here) Awareness Month. Not very many people really want to know.
Any ideas what color ribbon is for Mental Health Awareness? No?
Don’t get me wrong, I am all for and would participate fully in a Mental Health Awareness Month..if it’s about mental health. I like the idea that if we are going to make awareness days, weeks months about the things that we fear, the things we want to help others not fear.. then let’s do it for those who are just fine too. Really.
And I am not trying to say it’s not as important as Mental Illness Awareness. Or shut anybody out of the festivities.
Let’s call a spade a spade.
I have bipolar disorder, I do not have mental health.
I appreciate the effort to bring awareness to my disorder and others that are like it. I fully support , in order to stop the stigma, the sadness the isolation and …darkness, an awareness day, week, month and want to participate to do my part,
calling it Mental Health Awareness is … shitty.
I try to do my part everyday. I try to, just by being here, and being me, show people the other side of the darkness, the light.
I used to keep it a secret ..me having bipolar disorder. I was.. ashamed. Scared. I felt unfairly judged and unfairly labeled. Once I said bipolar, to some, it didn’t matter beyond that how many other things I had to offer.
So I kept it a secret.
Like everyone else in this world – yes a generalization and one I will stand behind, everyone… all I wanted to be, was accepted for who I am.
Validated as a person, not dismissed as a disease. Not treated like I was less, simply because I had more of a mess in my brain than most people do.
Ignoring it, pretending it isn’t there doesn;t work. I used to think it would.
But that’s the very reason we need to have awareness days, weeks, months…because there is no reason to be ashamed, there is no reason to feel unworthy, there is no reason for those that are mentally ill to be afraid to ask for help and no reason for the mentally healthy to be afraid to give it.
People fear what they don’t understand.
They can’t understand if you don’t …. bring awareness.
I have found,
- by talking about it,
- by letting people ask me questions,
- by reaching out for help
- by not hiding behind shame that should never ..never have been mine to begin with..
more acceptance, support and love and felt better about everything in my life, even the state of my mental disorder than I ever have before.
But I can’t do those things under the guise of Mental Health Awareness. I am not mentally healthy. I have a mood disorder that has no cure, it can be managed but mental health is not something that is ever going to be mine. I am Mentally Ill. (but my mental state is excellent – just saying )
Am I being difficult? Am I making waves? I hope so.
Am I just spouting off about something I know NOTHING ABOUT??
MENTAL HEALTH – a state with no illness or disorder.
Let’s go with being difficult.
Maybe to bring some awareness to Mental Illness.
Really though, what it is?
Awareness of the Human Condition. We ALL share that.
Think about it…
- May is Mental Health Awareness Month, Think Lime! (jajsamos.wordpress.com)
- Share Your Story for Mental Health on May 16 (yourmindyourbody.org)
- I am 1 in 4 (cathysvoicenow.wordpress.com)
- Please Understand, Please (bipolarlearningcurve.com)
- May is Mental Health Awareness Month! (redefininggood.wordpress.com)
- Mental Health Month: 9 Myths About Mental Illness &… (psychcentral.com)