". . . our stories are what make the difference, and if we can tell them honestly we can hope to help each other. In the end, we have nothing to offer each other but our stories." ~ Emma Lou Thayne

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

AWARENESS WEDNESDAY: Bring Change 2 Mind

AWARENESS WEDNESDAY:
This hop is intended for real causes. (Please
don't make up silly or vulgar things to diminish the 
importance of causes that hit home to so many.) 
This should be concerning something you are
passionate about to help educate others in a cause
to make the world a better place,
create understanding, rally support, etc...
*Let's please keep it family friendly, too. Thanks!
  • Grab the button:


  • Write your post: Tell us about your cause, educate the world about it, let the world know how they can help in the cause. Remember that not everyone will be as passionate as you are about a given cause, but you will help others have a better understanding and will also find others to jump in and offer support to you and/or your cause.
  • Link up your post to share with others. Feel free to grab the linky and post to your page, also. Let's get the word out and start making the world a better place, one post at a time!
  • Be considerate of others causes. Don't post negative comments, attack individuals or groups. THUMPER'S THEORY APPLIES: "If you can't say something nice (supportive, constructive, etc...) don't say anything at all.
  • Make new friends, learn about things that are affecting other people's lives, become allies... You may find some dear friends by following others and showing support for their causes! Find at least a few to follow each time and help spread the news to your followers!
*These can be different causes each time. Many people have various things they are passionate about or would like to open others eyes to.




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In this part of my post I would like to focus on the
More than 48 million people in this country have some form of mental illness. Yet only around half of those people get treatment.








Why?

For many, the stigma associated with mental illness creates and/or compounds feelings of shameisolation and fear of exposure.

You see, stigma is caused by either the wrong information (misperception), or no information at all (ignorance). Either one of which can cause a tremendous amount of fear, which is really what stigma is. Stigma = fear.
The good news is - stigma can be conquered. 
How? 
By those with a mental illness sharing their stories.  
And by those without an illness - listening and learning.



(This applies to those in other situations, as well! 
So let's get out there and fight the ignorance 
that makes life more difficult for some!)

Linky is in the middle.  ;D

6 comments:

Paula said...

http://recoveryinart.blogspot.com/2010/02/stigmatization-masking.html

Maybe you like to have a look, as I tried in art therapy to paint what I feel. The model is a 16. century American Native from Florida. Hugs to you.

Mommy2Four said...

WONDERFUL IDEA......

Good for you! I love it when people stand up and talk about things! If things are just neatly swept under the table, how on earth can we help others?

Thanks for hosting this!

Kristin said...

I think you are amazing. I am bipolar as well as my daughter. The stigma that goes with that goes everywhere we go. My dad started a mental health court in my home state to help people with mental illness. I applaud you for your willingness to take a stand. This needs to be talked about, and sometimes it takes one person to get the ball rolling.

Holly said...

Thanks so much for participating!!
Kristin, I was even thinking of your dad as I was creating parts of this.

I think even just touching a little on a subject each time helps bring about more understanding and awareness. It doesn't need to be a big soap box... Just a thought, picture, clip, etc... Something to just shed a little more light each time on something you believe in.

Jules said...

As per your comment I included my link for the Bleep Language post I did yesterday. Thanks for suggesting it I did not think I fit the criteria. :D
Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Holly said...

Thanks Jules!! I think language and how we use it is a VERY good cause!! ;D

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