January: Mental Health Month and Moving Forward


It is now January 31st/2014 and the end of "Mental Health Month".

Over the past month commercials have been playing constantly on the issue of mental health and the need to raise awareness for this very important issue. Considering hundreds of thousands of people suffer from mental illness, many silently, I am very pleased that they are finally really making it clear what mental illness really is. What depression is. What anxiety disorders are. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the symptoms. I am just overall glad that finally the stigma is being taken off this issue and it could not have come soon enough.

It makes me wish that this had happen many years earlier, back when I was in high school dealing with my own struggles and having to also deal with the comments from teachers and peers. Luckily for me I had a very compassionate principle but not every teenager will be able to find an ally in their school. Even though I believe that there should have never been a stigman related towards mental illness human nature is human nature and it is nature to condem things that the "average person" does not understand.

But I digress.

As I stated at the very start of my post January is Mental Health Month and is it ending in less then 24 hours but I wanted to say that just because the month is ending...spreading the awareness should not and neither should the understanding and acceptance that comes with this month.

If anyone has any mental health problems, or you know anyone, I encourage you and people you know to be understanding and there for those people. It is easy to distance yourself from someone who is dealing with issues such as these but it is amazing what just being there for someone can do for that person.

As well there are organizations dedicated to helping those with mental illness.

I just wanted to share that I hope the acceptance and awareness spreads out throughout the year!
Just because someone has a mental illness they are dealing with does not make them any less a person with a future full of possibilities. They just need to chance to see it themselves.

"We're only saying that love's a force that's powerful and strange
People make bad choices if they're mad or scared or stressed
But throw a little love their way, and you'll bring out their best"

Fixer-Upper Lyrics from Disney's "Frozen"


Never let unreal limitations hold you back. Just because you have
to deal with a mental illness does not mean you cannot
take on the world and your dreams!

XOXO Nicola

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