Welcome. This post is part of the WEGO Health National Health Blog Post Month (NHBPM) challenge for November, 2012.
Mental health is a subject that still lurks in the shadows. It is slowly creeping out into the light. Mental health and mental illness are still only whispered by many, if at all. But, some of those whispers are turning into shouts that demand everyone’s attention. We must accept that mental health is just as important as physical health. If you are living with mental illness, you need to know they you are not alone. If a friend or family member has a mental illness, it’s time to learn as much about the illness as you can.
Every day personal stories and blogs, celebrity interviews, tv specials and mental health web sites bring us more information and more understanding about mental health and mental illness. For today’s prompt about mental health, I have chosen three different ways to become informed and to show others that they are not alone.
First is a TED video featuring comedian Ruby Wax who asks “How come every other organ in your body can get sick and you get sympathy, except the brain?”.
Next is the web site for Canadian independent registered charity Partners for Mental Health. According to their Who We Are page, their goal is to:
In partnership with others, we will empower and mobilize Canadians to take action that will:
- Encourage people to pay more attention to their own mental health and well-being.
- Positively change attitudes and behaviours towards those living with mental health problems or illnesses.
- Help change policies to improve the mental health system.
- Increase funding for programs, services and research.
Lastly, TVO, Ontario’s public educational media organization, did “an in-depth exploration of the state of mental health in our society” in 2012 called Mental Health Matters with documentaries, interviews and topics such as:
- The Origins of Our Mental Malaise
- Mental Illness in the Family
- Today’s Mental Illness and
- The Language of Mental Health