2012 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon
Drawing done by Chato Stewart
I have the honor and privilege of teaching Mental Health at Worcester State University. It is amazing to me that for many of my students, this is the first time mental health issues have been talked about in an educational setting.
This is real, it affects all of us. I have been teaching the class for over ten years, every semester, and whenever I do, at least a few students disclose their own struggles. Stigma has us believing that mental illness is “those people”- so we better not talk about it, lest we be judged.
It’s not “those people.” It’s me, you, our neighbors and friends. In fact, I don’t know if it is possible to be mentally healthy in American culture where people’s value is attached to their checkbook and their physical attributes.
Stigma and oppression are keeping people from leading the best life they can imagine and we should do everything we can to put a stop to it ! For me, my mental health comes from having a purpose and a loving family – music therapy, pet therapy and being outdoors also top the list.
Usually, when ignorance and fear of mental illness are replaced with accurate information and resources to give and receive help, a change agent is created. I’ve witnessed the birth of hundreds of mental health heroes and sheroes! We stand together in this – Go forth and multiply, all you Mental Health heroes!
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