Ok, I’ve used the heading ‘Mental Health Issues’ which already means a lot of people will not read it. I was thinking even with my book, many close friends and even family would not deal with it or even to date discuss it. If close friends and family don’t even want to try to understand or stick their necks out, then how can we expect complete strangers to. Yes, we can have the argument that it is too close to home, for family and friends, but as I have said before approximately one person in four can be affected by mental health and it is about time that people started to give mental health more respect then it receives. Through different sources a while back I was told that mental health resources are way down on the priority list for funding. People with mental health issues should be given respect, but due to the nature of some of the illnesses, this respect is little and far between. People need to stand their ground and demonstrate that we deserve the respect and awareness that other areas receive. It is an area that certainly needs educating and awareness, and promotion, yet the steps to do this are a lot deeper and steeper then others. This does not mean that people should give up, it just means that more people should come forward themselves to help promote awareness, and also to believe in themselves that they deserve as much attention and respect as anybody else in their lives.
This stigma and lack of support for other people to understand mental health also means that we have to fight that much harder, and don’t misunderstand this as people with other serious illnesses have to fight their own battles hard, yet many of these battles will be fought with support and understanding from the public. People with mental health do not have as much support and understanding from the general public, if lucky they may receive some support from medical professionals, and if very lucky they may have the support from close friends or family who have made an effort to understand. Yet even with this we have to fight harder then most to keep our pride and head held high due to the pressures of society. So together with the nature of some of the symptoms of mental health like depression for example not only do we have to fight to keep ourselves above the water, but we also have to fight without as many lifeboats then others. Yet we can do this as nature can give a helping hand and somehow many of us find a deep inner strength and self resource to pull ourselves through. What many of us have to do is to learn that we can do this and to give ourselves credit for it. At the same time we have to fight on to make sure there are more lifeboats built out there for the future, and for those that are still seeking that inner strength to pull them through.