May Is Mental Health Awareness Month
We can only play "pretend" on the world stage for so long before the mask of deception falls to our feet and crumbles in the face of our reality.
Mental Health Awareness Month has been recognized in the United States since 1949. National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), organizations, and individuals, rally efforts (walks, fund raisers, advocacy/support, education, accessible health care and treatment) to raise and increase Mental Health Awareness. Keeping mental illness in the spotlight increases the opportunity for those struggling with mental illness to seek professional help and treatment.
According to NAMI, 1 in 4 are affected by mental illness. 1 in 30 have PTSD (Post Traumatic Syndrome Disorder). Children with anxiety disorders are least likely to receive treatment. People of color have less access to health care. 8.6 million adults have suicidal thoughts.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death.
I would like to add: due to lack of knowledge, inaction, denial, and subpar health care, people tend to be unaware of their mental health needs.
Recently, I read a story about the "suicide" of a professional athlete. My thought: If he took his life as reported by the media-controlled narrative, then perhaps he wanted to escape public scrutiny in search of peace within himself elsewhere.
However, the aftermath of suicide has a haunting, rippling affect of unanswered questions, a river of tears, and unfortunately, continued criticism of a person's choice to expedite his or her demise, with "selfish" being the harshest attack on the departed's character. However, judgment might stem from a place of their own pain, confusion, or loss of a loved-one. It's not difficult to criticize what one cannot relate to for many reasons, lack of knowledge being one.
To quote from my novel, Guilty Pleasures: "Face your demons or they will conquer you." In other words, embrace mental health challenges, and seek professional help to help restore order to your overall life.
When you're finally at peace with yourself, walking in your truth might add clarity to your life's purpose.