Wow, it’s so hard for me to believe I’m already at my 100th post! I’ve come a long way, and learned more than I thought possible about blogging, social media, self-publication, and the delicate art of raising public awareness. But now, I think my 100th blog post gives me the perfect moment to step back from all that “promoting” and simply re-dedicate myself to you, my readers, and to “my cause”.
I would like to renew my vows, as it were ~ to Suicide Prevention and Grief Support. My passion for suicide prevention is dedicated to Dan Rieske, my fiancée who killed himself several years ago. My passion for grief support is dedicated to…myself…who was so over come by her grief, that she almost committed suicide herself. In this way, Dan and I are still walking side by side ~ hand in hand ~ to try and make the world a better place.
First up: Suicide Prevention. There is an alarming trend in the world for people to attach a stigma to mental illness, including Depression, Self-harm, Anxiety Disorder, OCD, eating disorders, and all the others. This is one of the reasons those suffering from these physical ailments do not receive the proper medical treatment that they need. Mental illness is often viewed as a weakness of character, rather than a physical abnormality in the brain.
The images above are just a few examples of how mental illness is rooted in the physical condition of the brain. In the same way a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, or Alzheimer’s is made ~ through brain imaging ~ can any other kind of brain disorder, ie: mental illness, be diagnosed.