If there is one* message I could get out to the world it would be there is no shame in living with a mental illness.

Thankfully,  I saw this blog post so I could shout out that it is Mental Illness Awareness Week.

The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week (starting October 7, 2012)  this year is “Changing Attitudes, Changing Lives.”

“One in four adults—approximately 57.7 million Americans—

experience a mental health disorder in a given year. One in 17 lives

with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major

depression or bipolar disorder and about one in 10 children live

with a serious mental or emotional disorder.”

Taken from a NAMI FACT Sheet.

This means that you or someone you know has a mental illness.  Ask yourself what your preconceived notions are about mental illness.   When you think of mental illness do you think of those people at the extremes or do you think of your neighbor who works full time at the grocery store or your child’s classmate or the veteran who goes to your church or your sister who is raising her kids or someone like my mom who worked tons of hours, loved her family and had dreams and aspirations like most.

There is nothing shameful about having a mental illness.  There is nothing shameful about getting help.  Take some time and raise your awareness about mental illness.

*and by ‘one’, I mean one of many because when it comes down to it I have a lot to say (or at least a lot of opinions.)  Like being kind is never a bad choice among others.