Post by UConnChapette on May 1, 2022 8:27:31 GMT -5
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and it starts with the sad passing of Naomi Judd from what her daughters called "mental illness disease". It doesn't take a genius to understand what that means.
Mental illness affects so many. Some times it is very visible, but many times it lies buried under the surface and due to the remaining stigma those who suffer spend enormous amounts of energy to keep things hidden and so suffer in silence. And the family and friends of those who suffer from a mental illness, including substance use disorders, often sit by, helplessly watching the effects of this horrible disease in all its forms consume a person who they love, and would do anything to heal them but are frustrated knowing that it is utterly outside their power.
Rich, poor, black, white, brown, religious, atheist, those who are alone, those who are surrounded by friends and family, the famous, the non-famous, educated, uneducated, employed, unemployed...the disease of mental illness does not discriminate.
If you know someone who is suffering with any form of mental illness, let them know you love them and you care. Show compassion and empathy. Extend this to the family and friends who care about the afflicted. It can be a lonely, difficult path all are traveling.
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know when to just say "F" it.