This past days, maybe weeks, I have been amazed at the response on my writings about my journey of depression, opioids battle, and being bi-polar. The reason is this, I didn’t think that anyone would be interested in reading this. So, thank you!
I never gave mental health a thought, I guess one doesn’t until it hits home. For me it was 1983 when a relative was diagnosed with schizophrenia. I had a front row seat, while on my honeymoon back in my home area. The relative found out I was home and the hospital would call where we were staying, for they wanted me to go up to deal with her.
I arrived for the first time in the mental health ward of that hospital, found my relative and I was in complete shock. She was a totally different person, speach was incoherent, talking about things that she thought were happening around her. Also, talking about the past about events that were pure fantasy, I know I was there.
As I have already stated I started having my own difficulties in the early 90’s with an attempted sucide. Now, I was totally ignorant about the term bi-polar, now I am face to face with it and must come to terms with it.
It has only been in the last five to ten years that the subject of mental health has been discussed here in Canada on a national basis. I am thankful that some have stepped forward to bring education on the subject of mental health.
Mental health now is one thing I will advocate on for there is a need, especially among the crowd of Christian leaders. They need to bring education to their congregation, listeners, and viewers. Their predecessors blamed it on demon possesion, to that I call hog wash.
I know that there is a definite need in America for education of the subject beginning with the law makers.
My heart goes out to those in America who cannot access professionals, afford medication because of their financial lack. I do not pretend to have an answer how to approach a solution to such a great need.
It boils down to this; We need more voices!