This old world has been turning for a long time.
And we have been here only for a moment of that time.
And it is hard to imagine things changing in our time, and easy to just sit back and let things be because change is hard.
When I was a child, there was no ADHD, there were symptoms and completely diagnosable people, just no diagnosis.
When I was a child the good teachers recognized that some of us needed a different approach in order to learn, the bad ones were fairly certain they could get their job done by intimidating us into learning with threats of violence and a willingness to back up those threats.
When I was a child mental health problems were whispered about, and people who had them hid.
I am sixty years old.
Yes that was a long time ago. But it was still within my lifetime.
And I’m not yet done. I’ve got some living to do yet.
I’ve seen enough change in those sixty years to know that it happens.
And it happens randomly sometimes.
But by God it happens much more often when pressure is applied.
Change for the better?
Yes. Change for the better happens when you apply pressure. It happens when you push for better treatment, better conditions, better awareness and better help.
And change is good. Well, good change is good.
And the mental health community is happy to change for the better, but they need to know what those changes look like.
So … speak up. Do you have something you need changed? Something that would help with your mental health?
When I was a child it was considered proper etiquette to keep quiet about mental health, especially your own.
And there are lots of people who still believe that, who will still tell you to keep it to yourself.
I’m telling you to tell someone. Tell someone you trust. If they don’t respond positively then find someone else to tell.
And listen, don’t stop until you find the help you need.
Because if you’re hiding your mental health issues, they will change. And they will not change for the better.
And when they change for the worse, it will be even harder to find the help you need.
And one last thing
Change, good change, is exactly what you deserve.
Yes, you deserve good change. You deserve help and you deserve support and you deserve positive, soul soothing, life affirming, brilliant, positive change.
And this stupid old world, some of which still thinks you should keep it to yourself, also deserves positive change.
It deserves a positive change in your life and it deserves you making this world a better place by being better and healthier and happier.
This old world deserves the best you that you can give it. And you deserve all the help that this old world can give you.