There is a major issue in our world that we are all very aware of yet nobody wants to talk about it.
What am I speaking on?
Our society is built on the idea of “being perfect”.
Every day we wake up and put on our best faces for the world.
Our social media’s are filled with smiling faces and while I’m not disagreeing that our lives have picture perfect moments, I’m calling bluff on this “perfection” front.
We are human and we are flawed.
Though our reality is a planet full of people who are desperately chasing after perfection.
We are not Jesus.
Instead we have Jesus, to teach us the most raw lessons of forgiveness as we inevitably mess up, time and time again.
And then there’s this thing called life.
Life is not peaches and cream people.
Life is a journey full of ups and downs, heart beats and heart breaks, setbacks and stand ups.
As our broken souls chase this fantasy idea of being “perfect”, it’s understandable that we internalize every failure as a flaw.
Life gets hard and we are trained to pretend that everything is fine, that we are fine.
Mental health isn’t discussed in the way physical health is.
They are in fact, one in the same.
People are so accepting of any body part breaking down, except our minds.
When our minds are broken, nobody wants to talk about it.
Instead our society is still running on this stigma that views the mentally ill as monsters.
People who are mentally ill are weird, unpredictable, dangerous.
It’s the 21st century and the advancements being made decade by decade are monumental.
Advancements in the mental health system on the other hand have been minimal.
If you are genuinely unaware of how bad this situation is, check out An “insiders” opinion on the mental health system.
This is not an isolated incident.
Our mental health system is a freaking joke you guys.
For anyone who has never experienced mental illness, I hear you.
It has got to be confusing as hell when somebody “can’t just be happy”.
I get that you don’t understand.
Similar to the everyday battles someone with a physical ailment faces, yet also very different.
Our eyes can see why the man with one arm struggles in climbing the rope, our eyes validate this understanding.
When someone’s mind is under attack there is nothing to validate their behavior- nothing that screams “wow, I can’t imagine how hard it must be getting out of bed every morning”.
In turn this equals stigma and grave misunderstanding of the mentally ill.
When our brains are under attack we are left with a world of broken resources.
Mental illness is a tax on the poor.
If you can’t meet the price tag, genuine help is literally non-existent.
There isn’t a logical plan in place to actually help these people.
What needs to be done to change this?
Who are the mentally ill?
The bus driver, your next door neighbor, your best friends brother, your mom.
It’s not just the horrific individuals who commit mass shootings; the “crazy people” being tied down and shipped to an insane asylum in the movies.
Nobody is exempt from getting a mental illness.
Why are people in crisis being treated like animals?
Why are our publicly available crisis centers releasing people crazier than when they were admitted?
There is obvious room for improvement in the system and we need to do this to help our people.
Being suicidal in today’s world is like needing an emergency appendectomy in a world without doctors.
In my mind there are so many things that we could do differently.
Safe havens shouldn’t feel so cold.
I am coming up on one year of doing this blog.
It has been an insane process of self reflection and growth.
I’ve decided that I am extremely passionate about advocating for the mentally ill- people like myself.
It’s a cause that we are all too familiar with but refuse to constructively change.
It sucks being mentally ill in a world that views mental illness as abnormal.
And I’m ready to start pushing for changes.
Share this post if you want change in the mental health system.
If this post hits 5,000 shares, I will personally draft up a game plan and do everything in my power to get it to Colorado legislature.
Who better to brainstorm a solution than the people who know this battle all too well?
Together we can change the way the world views and treats mental illness.
Change starts here.
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