The majority of people refer to the act of somebody taking their own life as "committing suicide." We tend to most often use the word "commit" when it comes to the act of carrying out a crime. The act of suicide was once a crime but its now widely known that suicide is most often the result of mental illness.
Through proper medical care, attentive support systems, regimented medication reviews and more importantly, early detection of mental illnesses and relapses targeted at children and families, mental illness can minimally affect the lives of everyone it touches. This shouldn't be of surprise and yet, it will be
Mental illness is not something you can prevent by eating right and exercising. Mental illness clings, gnaws, scratches and slashes at the soul preventing sufferers from living lives free of mental pain. Promoting "mental health awareness" alludes to those who are not battling for their lives that mental illness is not real.
I am on a mission. My mission is to increase the messaging and information about positive mental health. I believe that the more we practice positive mental health, every day, the less chance there is that negative, debilitating, fateful thoughts, feelings or actions will transpire. There simply will not be room for those thoughts, feelings, and actions to take over.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto launched an awareness campaign today in the hopes of bringing attention to the stigma those with mental illness face to help defeat it. The ads quote some of the most common things those of us with mental illness hear. These are the ones I encounter most frequently.