On the evening of September 10th, I walked for suicide prevention as the sunset at Gilchrist park, Punta Gorda.
I was given the above-piece of paper to pin on my shirt and to write “WHO” I was walking for? “I AM WALKING FOR”…many walked for loved ones that had lost their battles/lives to mental illness. Others walked to support family and/or friends. I wrote I walk for: me.
No, not as a joke for Mental Health Humor, but as a serious statement of a living/breathing participant and for all my peers who sadly couldn’t walk for themselves. I did not expect anyone to notice or say anything to me about writing walking for “ME.”
One woman, who was walking for suicide prevention, came up to commend me for personally walking for my “mental health.” We talked for a bit. Her amazing story was so empowering. I asked if she would say a few words on video for my readers…What she said next are the most powerful words you should never forget if you live with a mental health disorder.
Here is what she said:
You are not alone, say it now: say it again, “You’re Not alone!”
Words that, at the right time, can save a life! Something we should write down and repeat daily to remind us. These simple words of hope can hold so much power…Yes, if the words are coming from the right source, from the right person and at the right time.
CBS’s Black Box -Love it or HATE IT, it’s been canceled! I mean hate it with a passion that would make water boil, for it’s blatant stereotypical “bipolar disorder” or the fact that it just had a predictable storyline with periodical drama-less drama. Not just the over the top “sex-crazed bipolar ~ drug seeking neurologist” -
That paints a great picture of what ALL BIPOLAR people are like…er,ah excuse me, I mean to say what all people “WHO LIVE WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER” are like… PEOPLE FIRST terms! If we are not shooting and on a killing spree and sexing every one up – Thank you mass-media and the very small percentage of people with (normally undiagnosed or in denial) mental illness that do fit this blatant media stereotype. You mess it up for the rest of us. STOP STIGMA.
In a recent BP HOPE article titled “Are we ready for our close-up,” looked at t.v. shows like Homeland and Black Box:
““Media” in these terms typically includes news outlets. Yet fictional TV and movie characters who are presented as dangerous because of a mental illness, or as figures of ridicule (as on some children’s programs), obviously reinforce harmful stereotypes and reduce empathy. “
If you don’t watch t.v. the ABC show titled “Black Box,” is about an awesomely smart female neuroscientist with bipolar…the hypersexuality stereotype was the first card they tossed at viewers in the first or second episode…along with drug addiction, mania, self- medicating, rejecting-then accepting -then re-jecticting help… I think it was too much. It was very done in a tasteless way. I never watched more than 3 full shows and just panned the reviews from others willing to still sit through it…but looks like not many were willing.
On August 7, 2014, ABC announced series Black Box will not be returning for a second season Entertainment Weekly reports. Here is how the E-Weekly reported it:
I was so inspired reading Dr. John M. Grohol, Psy.D. World of Psychology post “50 Years Later, Mental Health Care in America Still Hard to Come By” that I pulled out my tablet and started drawing while I was still reading. I had the whole Mental Health Humor cartoon idea in my head before my tablet even booted up… I kept humming the tune, “I’m just a bill. Yes, I’m only a bill. And I’m sitting here on Capitol Hill.” You will have to read over Dr. John’s post to get the full effect. I loved the links to maps. http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/10/21/50-years-later-mental-health-care-in-america-still-hard-to-come-by/