Is there a reason that any 31 (or 30 or 28) days of the year should be any more important than the 334 (or 335 or 337) others to celebrate and promote a certain cause? No.
Does a catchy phrase, vibrant color, or ribbon bring more attention to said cause? Yes.
There are certain causes that should be mainstream knowledge, part of the collective consciousness of our society, but are not. That, I suppose, is where car magnets, PSAs on cereal boxes, and fundraisers come in. And that is why I’m challenging myself this month to raise awareness about a silently insidious disease, disorder, condition.
Just as autism’s umbrella has opened wide to shelter a great number of conditions, so has mental health become an amoeba wriggling its hulking mass into more and more areas.
And it’s the amoeba in the corner of the room that no one is talking about.
I came across the blog, A Canvas of the Minds, a few months ago. They have many thought-provoking posts written by a talented cross-section of writers. Their initiative, Blogging for Mental Health 2013, is a brilliant idea. I so wanted to join in the challenge and proudly post their badge on my blog, but I felt I didn’t quite fit the mold. Their network is of blogs dedicated to discussing mental health issues. Mine is about chopping potatoes and motherhood. The way I navigate daily life and motherhood is shaped by the state of my mental health, but that would not be the main focus of each and every entry.
But I want to salute them and their initiative. And I encourage you to join them in their quest to make mental health something people are not afraid to talk about. Worrying about how other people see us should not be one more challenge we need to face as we struggle to make life livable.