Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Not Broken Just Different

Yesterday I listened to a mother describe how her sons mental illness changed him and I was deeply moved by her use of the word 'broken'. Her sons illness is extreme and I can understand why she chose the word 'broken' to describe him...yesterdays picture was my reaction to one persons story.

1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem at some point in our life and today I got to thinking about mental health in all its guises...from the mild to the severe. There is no shame in having mental health problems...they are usually caused by someone trying to cope with too much for too long on their own. People suffering are not broken...just different and shouldn't we try and celebrate both our similarities and differences?

10 comments:

Suburbia said...

Thanks for that Carol, great way of putting it

TALON said...

Such a perfect depiction of mental illness. As you so eloquently say, Carol, different, not broken.

D..J. Kirkby said...

Love this...it also perfectly depicts the autistic mind. Not broken, just different.

Carol said...

Suburbia - I struggled with how best to put how I felt into into words. Its such a sensitive subject!

Talon - It should be something that is talked about more. We will never be able to reduce the stigma if its not!

DJ - I hadn't thought of that but your right, it is a good way of describing the autistic mind :-)

C x

Blu said...

Great thought for the day

Carol said...

Blu - Thanks hon :-)

C x

Jamie Lees said...

The UK is so much more ahead then North America in the presenting of issues around stigmatization of mental health issues. We have a lot to learn.

Carol said...

Jamie - Its getting better but it has by no means been eradicated!

C x

Anonymous said...

Beautiful interpretation.

Carol said...

Jennifer - Thanks hon :-)

C x

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