Friday, October 10, 2014

World Mental Health Day

“Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all.”
- Bill Clinton -

Every year on the 10th of October, ‘World Mental Health Day’ is commemorated. The objective is to raise awareness around the globe about mental health issues, and help end the stigma, the misunderstandings, the discrimination and the bullying that those who have a mental illness face every day.

Just like any other sickness, mental illness affects the physiology of the body and the brain. It’s not something to be feared. It’s not just a passing ‘phase’. It’s not a sign of weakness. It’s not a character flaw. It’s not something you ‘get over’ or ‘snap out of’. It is a disease like any other.

Isn’t it about time that we understood this?



With proper treatment, individuals with mental illness can recover and lead normal lives. But the stigma associated with these ‘diseases’ prevents many from seeking help and support. They worry that others will judge them. They worry about losing their jobs. And they worry about being ridiculed and even rejected.

Isn’t it about time that we changed our flawed perception and started supporting them?


A mental illness is what we have. It is not who we are. And it could happen to anyone.

Even you.

Let’s stomp out the stigma!


Happy weekend to all, and happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canucks!



31 comments:

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    1. Something for us to think about. Hope you have a super Thanksgiving weekend, Debra!

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  2. So true. Thank heavens we are beginning to understand this and the message is getting out! Thanks, Martha!

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    1. Yes, thank goodness for that, Francie! I think the global connection through the internet really helps. We are now able to communicate messages to the whole world!

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  3. I cried so true, the bullying...never stops, misunderstanding never ends, mine is not visible, but those who know, they've changed towards me, I'm still the same person...I love what you did here, it's so important, when I see it I stop it, because they can't tell that I'm sick too. This is extremely important Martha, so thank you from the bottom of my heart, you are a beautiful soul, and I'm grateful that I know you, xxx

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    1. I am grateful that I know you, too, Lorraine. You are a kind and loving soul. If we educate the public, things will get better over time. Most people fear what they do not understand.

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  4. I agree, an access to treatment in America is usually not available to those who need it.

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  5. Though I have had a mental illness for many years, I still hold back when telling others. I am very open about it in my blog but very few people in my life know that I fight as hard as I do.

    Thanks for writing this post. xo

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    1. And I understand why you do this. I hope in time we open up our minds and realize that these are illnesses like any other.

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  6. Wonderful post! My son's friend committed suicide in March, I'm still not over it, never will be.

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    1. That is something you never forget, Christine. I lost a loved one to suicide and something shifted inside me. I don't think I'll ever be the same.

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  7. Your post is bang on. Much more education needs to be done on this subject.
    Happy thanksgiving.

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    1. You got it, Red. The key word is 'education'. People fear mental illnesses because they don't understand them.

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  8. Nicely written, Martha.

    Happy Thanksgiving. For me it's a year-round holiday, and a yummy one at that.

    Gobble gobble.

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    1. Every day is a reason to celebrate! I'm thankful for each one. Hope your weekend is super...and you get tons of autumn shots!

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    2. The fall shots fell through because where we were was WAY too bright. But that's okay, we ate more Thanksgiving food (I had to make more stuffing bread), and we hit a bunch of country side shoppes. Very nice weekend. Glad yours was just as good.

      Celebrate, celebrate!

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  9. Have yourself and the most wonderful man in the world, a most wonderful Thanksgiving, you know you will have to post about all the food and desert, with your daughters? family? and of course always the most wonderful man in the world.
    I am grateful for: you.

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    1. Thank you, Lorraine! I am grateful for {{{you}}}. You have a big heart!

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  10. I grew up being very aware of the stigma of mental illness, as my mother battled with mental illness all of her life. We were told never to say anything about this to anyone. It was our 'family secret'. This of course was not a good way to deal with this. Individually in my family we approach mental illness differently.....some a little more effectively than others.
    Martha, such an important post. Thank you. It is necessary to get this disease out of the closet and into the fresh air.

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    1. Unfortunately, that's how it was, Jim. Today, things would be different with your mom. And I love that statement "out of the closet and into the fresh air"! That is a great way to put it!

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  11. Applause and gratitude for this post. That's a beautifully moving video too.
    Thanks, Martha.
    Have a lovely weekend. xo

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    1. We have to keep this message going, Robyn. Keep pushing this forward. Things will get better if we continue to educate the public.

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  12. Thank you for sharing this important post, Martha. Mental illness is something that has impacted my family for generations. Thank goodness things are slowly improving.

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    1. We do have a long way to go, but we are so much further ahead than earlier generations. I shudder when I think what people with mental illnesses went through as little as 50 years ago. Imagine 100, 200...1000...

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  13. fortunately society is slowly understanding all the illnesses............
    but may be our way of life is causing too many pains cause its an ill style in many senses..........
    thanks for opening eyes, martha

    med

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    1. I have faith that as time goes on things will get better. I want to believe this for all future generations!

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  14. So glad you posted this. The quote from Bill Clinton you posted is spot on.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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    1. Thanks, Jen. I hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!

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  15. Happy Thanksgiving, Martha! I don't think I will ever get used to Columbus Day, especially since I don't get the day off....
    I have lived with someone who had a severe mental illness. In fact, he took his own life. I am not sure whether it is understood, let alone treated properly. I feel for the sufferers and also for their families.

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    1. We have all been touched by mental illness in some way. One of my loved ones took his own life, and I will never get over it. It's a terrible things to experience.

      Thanks for the Thanksgiving wishes!

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