For the lack of a better term I am using “Mental Issue,” M.I. for short, as a blanket term to describe what we have and deal with on a daily basis. I want to use “Issue” because I don’t want to call it an “Illness.”

Illness, to me anyway, implies that it can be cured, it’s something that you caught and didn’t have before. It’s a part of us, it’s in our DNA, and it’s something we didn’t choose to have but something we live with on a daily basis.

When our M.I. kicks in it’s called “An Episode.” An Episode of what? Are we a sitcom or drama that people sit back and watch? While it may certainly feel this way for non M.I.s, for those of us going through said “episode” it feels more like a storm. Comes on with little to no warning. A lot of huffing and puffing, with loud crashes of thunder. For this reason I will refer to them as Storms and not “Episodes.”

By talking we can begin healing and understanding on both
sides. Ask questions and listen to the answers, don’t judge, don’t speak, just listen.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

My Why

I was asked why do I try to raise awareness for those with mental health issues by giving free hugs.  My answer to giving away free hugs is because you never know when a hug may save a life, which is true, but I was pressed for a more deeper answer.
So, why do I do it?  Because too many people do not understand what it is we go through, even ourselves.  We are afraid to tell anyone how we feel because once we do our feelings becomes real. As long as we keep it locked away inside we can continue to lie to ourselves and say that everything is fine.
We are afraid of being looked at differently, like an animal in a zoo, locked away because someone uses a word they truly don't understand, like crazy.
Because there are those trapped inside themselves and do not know how to escape.  I know, I am one of those people.  By raising awareness perhaps there is a chance that we can just live.

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