Stand up for Mental Health
Why Stand up Comedy?
Standing up for Mental Health, is a wonderful approach to help educate the general world about persons who suffer serious mental illness. Education is needed, and we have a very long way to go in this area in terms of what is perceived currently as mental illness.
What do you think of when you hear the term Mental Illness? When you hear of someone who has or lives with someone with a mental illness? What opinions do you form in your mind? What ways do you stigmatize this person?
Your answers are some of the very reasons why we have such a long way to go, in education, support , funding, and care for the many millions who suffer.
Human Mind is Priceless
What Can We Do?
Gain knowledge, and realize what types of illnesses affect people. It can be anything from debilitating depression, Bipolar disorder formerly called Manic Depression. Bipolar affects a person with mood extremes, from very high and risk taking, to suicidal depression. These illnesses are not dangerous to anyone except the sufferer. There is obsessive compulsive disorder, which is repeated behaviors due to phobias that the person has trouble coping with. Add, and adhd, are extreme anxiety with rapid speech and rushed behaviour.
There is also Schizophrenia, the person hears people talking to them that are not there. This confuses the person, and causes incredible distress to the person.
The more that people realize that persons with a Mental Illness are not dangerous and not crazy, the more we can make strides to improve and support the lives of people.
Go Ashleigh :)
Take a Moment for Your Input
Do you or someone you know suffer from a Mental Illness?
- 0% I have
- 0% I know of someone who does
This poll is now closed to voting.
The Facts of Suicide
More people die of suicide than homicides. The numbers are growing as stigma and bullying increase. Stigma is huge, even though people claim that they do not stigmatize people. The effect of this is another burden to the ill person, who is already and often maxed up with trying to cope.
The Suicide rate among young people is also on the rise, it is taking children's lives as well.
We are aware of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, as these are acceptable illnesses. We do not tell these people to snap out of it. Mental illness is an inside affect that you cannot see, Most who have it, hide it based on learning to hide it in fear and shame. This is becoming unacceptable, and people who are well can help by supporting Mental Health clinics and programs to help the road to wellness. All try very hard to live to get well. Sadly some don't make it there.