Hi everyone! The video I have chosen for this post is "Animal Concerto" by the Just for Laughs group here in Montreal. Hope you all enjoy it.
The topic I have chosen for this post is mental health. Even though I find that people are more open to learning about, and accepting people who have mental health issues, I still think we have a long way to go. Mental health issues, just as physical health issues, can appear in many forms. Depression, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, just to name a few are some of the mental health issues that people deal with on a day to day basis.
I have been deeply touched by many who have mental health issues who are able to talk about it and share it openly and honestly with others. I encourage this, as I think it is a wonderful thing to not only recognize and accept one's mental health issues, but to be able to reach out and talk about it.
As for myself, I have had this blog for one year now and I find it very therapeutic to be able to talk openly and honestly about the issues that I face. For those of you who are new to my blog as well as for those who may have missed the things I have shared in previous posts, here are some things that I would like to share with you all.
I was in a special class for slow learners in elementary and high school. I hid this for a very long time. Even people who have known me for a long time didn't know about this. Finally, I came out and admitted it in November, 2011, and I am grateful that I found the courage to tell my friends and fellow bloggers. I was able to breathe a sigh of relief, and I am grateful for the kind and loving, accepting response that I have had from you all! I struggle with depression. I have osteoarthritis. I have had several attacks of gout. I had a bout with diverticulitis last August. I have only one kidney since the age of four. My right kidney was removed because it was not functioning as it should have. The doctors told my parents that I had a 50% chance to survive if they removed it; if they did not remove it I would surely die.
I am finding that people talk more about physical health than mental health, but without mental health, our physical health suffers. In my experience, mental health strongly affects physical health. For example, when I have gone through bouts with depression I noticed that my physical health was less strong than when I am feeling happy and positive. So why do some people try to pretend that depression, and other forms of mental illness, are "all in our heads?" Why, as well, do some people find it easy to ignore and shove aside people who have a mental illness? I think it is because they are uncomfortable and don't know how to deal with it...but pretending it doesn't exist and shoving aside and ignoring it does not help the issues or the people dealing with them. A loving environment, friendly, kind, patient and accepting can work wonders!
For myself, being on antidepressants didn't work. I discovered a couple of months ago that Vitamins B6, B12 and Folic Acid are supposed to help boost the effects of the meds. For myself, it has worked wonders! As well, taking long walks (a half hour or more), being in nature, being around kind, patient and positive, caring people (such as many of you who visit my blog and my good friends face to face), helps me tremendously. Another thing that helps me a lot is listening to old music from the early 1900's to 1940's, laughter, being around animals and listening to nature sounds such as ocean waves, seagulls, etc., really helps me a lot. And having this blog and having had the wonderful opportunity to meet so many good and kind people, and being able to share my happiness, my sorrows, my issues with mental health and physical health and your loving and supportive response helps me tremendously. A heartfelt thanks to you all!
The photo I am sharing today is one that I took in July 2011.
Hope you all like it. You just need to click on the image to see a larger view.