This is alarming. And angering. And saddening.
As you know (well, at least I hope that you know) this week is Mental Illness Awareness Week for us Canucks.
I know I’ve been rather quiet this week. Work is been kinda insane so I feel bad for not starting more conversations here but I sure have on Facebook (by the way, for those of you who follow me there, I’d appreciate your input).
And I found this statistic very appalling.
To learn that almost half of Canadians think that I may be using my mental illness to excuse any kind of bad behaviour is overwhelming. Do they think that if I (anyone) call in sick because an anxiety attack the real reason is because I went clubbing last night, got hammered and now I’m hung over? Do they think that if I can’t keep an appointment is because I am a juvenile brat who doesn’t care about other people’s time?
What on earth are they thinking?
This is my plea to all of you who have to struggle with mental illness: Be vocal about it. Start conversations. Write about your experiences. Support your local groups.
Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt and let’s show them what living with a mental illness really is about!
Let’s fight the stigma!
- Mental Illness Awareness Week 2012 (summersolsticemusings.wordpress.com)
- Mental illness is still a barrier for those who want to work (thepunch.com.au)
- Mental Illness Awareness Week Face to Face (blogs.psychcentral.com)
- Guest Commentary: Mental illness doesn’t have to be a secret (mlive.com)