Mental Health Awareness Week; Day 1

It’s the first day of Mental Health Awareness Week. As I was preparing for this week I realized one major thing. I realized that part of what I wanted to do was give you what the criteria of what the diagnoses are and if I did that then I would be infringing on the copy write law of the DSM 5. So, I decided that I’m not going to put up the criteria for any diagnosis because I don’t want to break any laws. I do have other ways that I will try to educate you all on any diagnosis I discuss.

I plan on discussing the particular diagnoses that I am diagnosed with as well as the one I no longer meet the criteria for. I also plan on continuing the discussion of various types of diagnoses after Mental Health Awareness Week is over. In discussing any diagnosis I hope that I am able to convey what I want to say as well as how I have dealt with the symptoms of a particular diagnosis. If it’s a diagnosis I do not have then I hope to be able to convey on how other have dealt with the particular diagnosis. Being able to convey what I desire to convey in regards mental illness is a pretty huge task for me. I desire to educate people who don’t struggle with mental illness because I hope with education it can stomp out the stigma of mental illness.

Stomping out the stigma of mental illness is a major goal of mine. I know reality is that it wont happen in my lifetime however if I can just be one part of the factor to start the process of stomping out the stigma of mental illness then I have don’t my job. Their are many of us out there in the world trying to stop the stigma of mental illness and we will not stop till it is completely eliminated.

I think I have said enough about what I hope to convey and will continue this discussion tomorrow. I hope that you will continue to read my blog as I continue on my journey with my struggle with mental illness as well as the journey of educating other on mental illness. Peace Out!!!!

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2 responses to “Mental Health Awareness Week; Day 1

  1. Hello Gertie,

    Thank you for being brave and courageous, and discussing your diagnosis. My mom has schizophrenia – she’s struggled with it my whole life (and probably even before I was born, but I don’t remember that!). I was in foster homes as a result, and had a very difficult childhood.

    Part of the difficulty was the stigma of having a mom who was so sick. If I was accepted – if I didn’t feel so ashamed – I definitely would’ve coped better! So I thank you for helping spread awareness and acceptance.

    Sincerely,
    Laurie

    • Hey Laurie,
      You’re welcome!! All I want in this world is to help lessen the stigma of mental illness. People don’t realize how it not only effects the one with the mental illness but their family and friends as well. Thank you for being brave enough to share your story with me.
      Gertie

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