October 10, 2011

World Mental Health Day

I blog for World Mental Health Day

Today, October 10th, is World Mental Health Day.
"World Mental Health Day raises public awareness about mental health issues. The day promotes open discussion of mental disorders, and investments in prevention, promotion and treatment services. The treatment gap for mental, neurological and substance use disorders is formidable especially in poor resource countries.
This year the theme is 'Investing in mental health'. Financial and human resources allocated for mental health are inadequate especially in low resource countries. The majority of low- and middle-income countries spend less than 2% of their health budget on mental health.
Many countries have less than one mental health specialist per one million population. Even a considerable part of the limited resources is spent on large mental hospitals and not for services delivered through community and primary health care.
We need to increase investment for mental health and to shift the available resources towards more effective and more humanitarian forms of services. " (quote taken World Health Organization website).

It's no question that I have and do continue to suffer from mental health issues.  It's a fact of life.  Or, my life at least.

In the last few months I have become "less than shy" about sharing my struggles.  It has not always been so easy (as if it's really "easy" now).  I hid it for years.....YEARS....because, at first I didn't understand it, and then I was embarrassed and ashamed.  And what good did it do me....none.  It only caused more harm and misery to my poor family....and myself.

Someone you love could be suffering too (or maybe it's you).  Don't let them (or yourself) suffer in silence. 

Help me help WHO spread awareness.  

You can read my story of Discovery and Recovery, read a tad bit into the extremely common genetic variant (roughly 70% of the tested population---myself included---have it) that can cause depression and anxiety (among a whole plethora of other physical and mental health issues), called MTHFR, and also look in on how I am doing NOW by reading Post Anti Depressant Independence---Update #1.

Mental illness is no joke.  It is a silent, and often times, unseen condition that eats a person up from the inside out.

If you are a suffering...don't give up.   

There is always HELP out there...and where there is HELP...there is HOPE.

Please Help Me Spread That Hope 


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KathyMorelli said...

Melanie - Thanks for this post! You are so brave, and yes, what good did it do you to be ashamed & in the shadows? Feel better, Kathy

Melanie said...

Thank you Kathy.

I wish I could say that I felt brave...I don't most of the time....I just feel compelled to share in hopes of helping someone else.

JUST ME said...

SO glad that you're not shy about sharing your struggles and triumphs! We are all beautiful and a little bit broken in our own way...but putting ourselves back together is always a choice. :)


Rebecca (aka: Messy Musings) said...

this is an insightful & inspiring post about mental illness... "unseen condition that eats a person up from the inside out." -- SO TRUE!!

and I am one who thanks you for your bravery... trying your advice on MTHFR has opened a window of light into a years upon years of depression.

"Yea, all things which come of the earth... are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart; Yea, for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul." (D&C 59:18-19)


Melanie said...

Thanks you "Just Me" and Rebecca. It always catches my breath when I post something really personal (or I call my husband at work and say "you will not believe what I just posted about"), even if I know it's for the best. I'm glad it has not been for naught.

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