30 Days of Mental Illness Awareness Challenge- Day 18

Day 18: What do you wish people would understand in regards to mental illness and/or mental health?

Where to begin…

One year ago there was little I knew about mental health/illness. I wouldn’t expect those not affected by issues related to mental illness to know as much as I have come to understand but I do believe as a free and well educated nation we could do a much better job assuring people knew the basics. Just as everyone is aware that the heimlich manuver can save a choking person, they should also know that depression, anxiety, and postpartum illnesses are common (more so than choking, actually) and there is no shame in seeking consult with a doctor and accepting medication if needed and therapy when advised.

There are many other mental illnesses that I was not aware of until recently as well. All I knew of such illnesses and treatments I had learned from movies and over acted depictions. It would be much better if people understood that the mentally ill can often (and do often) function just fine in society and you wouldn’t ever know they were sick unless you were told. Mental illness can be very successfully treated and the mentally ill can be (and are) teachers and doctors, lawyers, chefs, CEOs, writers, daycare workers, and even hospitality managers and marathon runners! 🙂

30 Days of Mental Illness Awareness Challenge- Master List.



About Christine O.

I had been a young, single Mom to two girls for ten years; until March 9, 2014 when I married my soul-mate Jason. I’m a former 20 year+ full time executive in a demanding field turned business owner (this year); marathon runner, daughter to the perfect parents, oldest sister of a highly successful ‘normal’ younger brother and ‘functional’ single-mother (of 3) sister, coach, boss, best friend, member of the church choir, volunteer for the local NAMI, AFSP, and CASA organizations, and have over time become well acclimated to the world of mental illness after a life changing event or two. I have also become known in my community as the one who takes on the High School year after year in attempts to have a Suicide Prevention Program in place (as in Texas statute). My goal in writing, blogging and learning as much as I can about such subjects is to defeat stigma associated with brain disease, preventing suicide in the future, and saving my family.
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