Thursday, October 03, 2013
Mental Illness Awareness
Hello everyone! A very warm welcome to you all! The video I have chosen for this post is entitled "My Great Story Video Project: Great Expectations." It is about the life of an actor named Chris Burke. He is a wonderful person...I just saw an episode of Touched by an Angel today where he played the role of an angel with a disability. He has down syndrome. It is a 4 minute video that I enjoyed very much and hope you all do as well!
I find that we have come a good distance as far as accepting and understanding those who have mental illness, but I really think that we still have a long way to go! I appreciate and admire people like Chris Burke who are able to speak out about their disability, showing that people with disabilities are able to do much, much more than many people think they can! I like the part where he focuses on the ABILITIES and not the DISABILITY.
So I have chosen to talk about mental illness in this post, because I really believe that the more we talk about it and shed light on it, the more people will understand and appreciate that people with mental illness can (and do) accomplish so much. As with every human being, people with mental illness appreciate a kind word, a hug, a respectful and gentle approach and it can work wonders. I know that many of you reading this have no problem with showing kindness and affection towards those with mental illness...but remember the post I shared a while back about the boy who had autism, and I had taught him in my Sunday school class? Well, it seems that I was the only one in the church (besides his family) who actually hugged him!!! I find this sad, but it happens a lot more often than we think. I believe it is because many people still don't know how to reach out and interact with someone who has a mental illness. I am praying that more and more people are able to take time to be kind and to get to know them.
The photos I am sharing today are ones that I took on a recent walk in a nature park. They had a few Halloween decorations up that I found cute. You just need to click on the images to see a larger view.
Quote: I want to break down some of the stigma associated with mental illness. - Gail Porter
Thank you all so much for visiting me here! I always appreciate and enjoy reading your kind thoughts, which you are always welcome to share by clicking on the 'comments' link at the end of my post.