Changing our thinking about mental illness

You know someone with mental illness. Maybe they haven't told anyone. Maybe you're the one with mental illness.

We don't treat mental illness the way we treat physical illness. We call people, "crazy" instead of "ill". We make jokes about mental illness that we wouldn't make about someone battling cancer. We shy away from "those types" of people. We're scared and leery.

Ed Rogers at Psyched Catholic has written a great post about this very issue. Check it out, and share it. Here's just a bit:

  • Demographics. Nearly a quarter of the U.S. population will meet criteria for some mental illness this year.  Mental illness touches everyone’s life.
  • Friendships. Maybe you want to support friends who are suffering.  Or you know that increased understanding means a decreased chance of hurting someone you care about.
  • Personal Impact. You want to reduce your own chances of experiencing mental illness or cope better with the situation you are in.
  • Charity.  Perhaps you are someone who wants to “Speak the truth in love.”  The more you know, the better you can reach and relate to someone who struggles with mental health.

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