Mental illness awareness month.

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Mental Illness the faceless disease. It an affect anyone.  and the chances are you know someone with the disease. Add your story and let's shine a light on those suffering in the darkness. Mental Illness the faceless disease. It an affect anyone. and the chances are you know someone with the disease. Add your story and let’s shine a light on those suffering in the darkness.

In honor of mental health awareness month I’d like to open up my blog.

I am inviting anyone who has a personal story about themselves or a loved one struggling with mental illness of any kind to post your stories as links back to your blog in the comments below. I’m doing this because I believe the only way to change the stigma of mental illness is to put real faces on it.

Real people, real suffering I think can draw a spotlight to this devastating disease. I would love stories of this disease from every perspective. If you are a parent of a child with mental illness, a spouse, a sibling, or even a best friend…

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  1. Young. It was hard on all of us. I deal with my own anxiety issues. I had an aunt who suffered mental ilness and ended up comitting suicide. Most of us don’t have to look far to find mental illness on our families and community. Let us be open about it and help/support the people living with it.

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    1. Absolutely, Roland! My theory is that every bit of added openness pushes stigma back that much further. So much of the suffering and death results form the stigma, nothing biological or psychiatric at all. Context. Perhaps in time we can cure that context and all that results from it. Then we could figure out what to do with whatever’s left – Greg

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  2. I’m a psych nurse. My brother was bipolar. He is no long alive. This past week I got a call from a friend who’s daughter is bipolar and pregnant. She is off all her meds and very psychotic. There is no help for her. He called the police when she was acting really bizarre and they took her to jail and let her out the next morning. He called the police again and they laughed at her. This story will not have a happy ending and its frightening to me how we have no services and our legislators are so ignorant when it comes to mental illness. Thanks for reminding me red carpet nurse that its mental illness awareness month. I’m going to blog and send our local state senator articles every day.
    tate Sen. Joe Negron, R-Palm City, advocated cuts to so-called soft services, which include mental health and drug-addiction programs, because many of these services address what Negon views as “a lack of willpower, a lack of discipline, a lack of character.” Negron was the chair of appropriations for health and human services in the state Senate.
    This has got to change.

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    1. Sadly, in many places in America, the primary inpatient psychiatric provider is the jail: expensive, abusive, and completely counterproductive. Police are often asked to deal with people badly in need of treatment. They need only bring them to the local ER for assessment in most cases, but as you describe they often fail at this relatively simple task, arresting them or even killing people I deal with often, completely unarmed. Stigma and ignorance and blind hate run rampant still. We’ve made progress here and there, but much remains to be done. I imagine FL has an especially difficult time with these issues, as so many people with substance and/or mental health issues seem to migrate that way for the climate, like everybody else. Lots of added expense! There’s a temptation for some people, as there is with homelessness, to abuse such people badly enough that they “move on.” Problem solved, cheaply, if you lack ethics or humanity. Sad but true. Much to do! Thanks for your interest and help – Greg

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