I am afraid for people who suffer, not of them.
I am more afraid of the men who hiss and whistle at me from under yellow hard hats as I walk down the street then I am of an individual or group encounter with mental illness.
I fear FOR the suffers and their families.
I fear that they will loose hope and give up.
I fear that the media will continue to keep the average public afraid and disconnected from engaging in the fight against the stigma of this life threatening disease.
Children, Teens, Adults, Seniors...all ages and stages, all races and religions. Mental illness is an equal opportunity disease.
I fear for my son, that he will never find a truly peaceful day.
Fear does not have to keep us paralyzed...it can be our trigger to change, to action, our catalyst to helping improve the lives of our friends, family and neighbors. We have the power to turn fear into fearLESS energy to FiGHt.
If you want to help call your local NAMI chapter or Mental Health Center.
Join in the NAMI walk in the fall...we are having a team in orange county.
Talk about your feelings with people you meet, breaking the silence is our first step.
Thank you all for your wonderful insight and contribution to this question.