As mental health professionals and advocates, we spend each day trying to help others make their world one in which they want to live. They want what we all want – a peaceful world, a safe world, a world that accepts them for all their challenges as well as their talents. A world in which having a mental health challenge is just a part of a spectrum upon which we all live. On any given day, we all travel up and down that spectrum depending on any number of factors - how much sleep we got the night before, how balanced our diet has been over the last few days, whether our medications are working as they should, whether yesterday was a good day or a bad day. Everyone lives in this world, but not everyone experiences it the same way. We want to change that.
We want to live in a world where mental wellness is as important as eating well, getting enough sleep, keeping physically active and having a nurturing, supportive network of family and friends. We want to live in a world where the words “mental health” aren’t met with skepticism, dismissal or fear. We want to live in a world where people have the knowledge and skills necessary to overcome any challenge faced and where families have the resources they need to help their loved ones. We want to live in a world where people aren’t afraid to say “I’m sad”, “I’m afraid” or “I need help.”
We believe education and advocacy are the cornerstones for building this world. Knowledge is more than just power – its empowering. When we know what to do, we can control our own destinies. We make our own decisions. The decisions that are right for us, right now.
This is the kind of world we want to live in.
What kind of world do you want to live in?