There’s a lot of taboo subjects in the world. Things we don’t want to talk about, and think that sweeping it under the rug will make a difference. Or things we’re afraid of that can’t be spoken about. Mental illness should not be apart of these taboo subjects. It is a disease that can only be maintained and not cured. That millions of people are suffering in silence about. The problem being people who don’t want to hear about it. The ones where it doesn’t fit into their perfect bubble of life (speaking from experience with my father and his family) The solution is very simple, talk about it, words won’t kill you. Simple things like hey how’s it going, is your illness getting better. I know right, so scary these words. Can stop your heart in a beat.
Spreading awareness for mental illness properly can help so many people not feel alone. It may not be in the back of your mind but it’s reserved a corner in ours. It’s thought about daily. Can you imagine thinking about something multiple times a day, something that Seeps into every part of your life and having little to no one asking you if you’re alright. I never had a talk with my parents about how this illness would change my life, how I would need to come to grips with it. It wasn’t until I met my wife that I started coming to terms with it.
I understand, now, the fact that there is certain people I shouldn’t talk about my illness with. Toxic people, people who telling would only end in heartache. Yet I had to start this blog to be totally transparent. To have a place to vent my thoughts fully about schizophrenia.
Sure stigma doesn’t help. Imagine if people spent as much time learning about schizophrenia as they did spewing scary ideals about it. The world would be a different place.
You hear all these terrible things going on these days and they’re first finger points to mental illness. Given the fact that mental illness gets totally blown out of proportion, you would think that there would be more help for people struggling with mental illness. We have so much figured out about our physical health, it gets blasted on the tv all day long. Though up until this year I’ve never seen a mental health commercial. This has to change and no one wants to hear it from us. I’ve seen a lot of people on Twitter labeling themselves as a mental health advocates and that’s a start. Classes need to be taught, advice needs to be given. Honestly there should be a section in health class about it, or even, dare I say it, a whole class on it. It needs to be addressed and people who just believe what Hollywood or the news tells them about it need to be educated.
This is a disease, not a life style choice. We didn’t ask for it and we wouldn’t wish it on our worst enemy. Reach out to those who need it. Don’t always expect some to be open about it. You don’t know their past experiences with telling people. The conversation needs to start with someone without an illness because we just feel like the black sheep of the world.