4 thoughts on “What All Mental Health Advocates Need to Do

  • June 6, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Great article, Gabe. I agree wholeheartedly. Most people are ignorant about mental illness. I enjoy challenging people’s preconceptions about the mentally ill when I share that I have bipolar disorder. At the same time, I realize those seriously mentally ill who are homeless or incarcerated struggle far more than I for they do not have access to the same resources or support. We have an obligation to them, as well.

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    • June 7, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      Thank you, Kitt, for reading and commenting. I appreciate your words. 🙂 You are correct. Mental illness (like most things) exist on a spectrum — Someone is barely on the spectrum (best case scenario) and someone is “off the charts” (worst case scenario). We must be aware of everyone in order to advocate for true change. Hugs, Gabe

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  • June 9, 2015 at 8:54 am

    I must admit to feeling a bit of guilt as I read this post. I know I’ve been a bit shrill in some of my writing. As a relatively new advocate with three decades of living with bipolar disorder behind me, I’ve built up a lot of pain around how people with mental illness are treated by society. You’re absolutely right, though. We need to send our messages into the world with a positive, productive attitude. You given me something to think about as I write. Thank you!

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    • June 10, 2015 at 11:32 am

      Josey – I know exactly what you mean. I started out with an angry edge. I was quick to scold people for not understanding and I am not perfect — as sure as I am sitting here typing I will lose my cool again. But, just because we’ve done the wrong thing doesn’t mean we can’d do the right thing. We learn that in support groups all the time, don’t we? Just because we made a mistake yesterday doesn’t mean we have to make it again today!

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting. It means a whole lot to me. ~Gabe

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