Yes, I’m poking fun at myself. There are so many ways that we can advocate for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, but is there one right way? I think that everyone may like to think the way they advocate is the right way (only my opinion) or at the very least wants to believe that. By this I mean, they want to believe that what they are doing is making some kind of difference. Now, I don’t believe that my way is the one and only way, but do fall into the category of wanting to believe that I am making some kind of difference.
Who’s to say that the person sitting at home writing their blog and informing people about mental health and suicide prevention is any less effective than the person that get’s on a podcast for an interview? No one. I believe (and many others will agree) they are just as valid and equal. Who’s to say the person that signs petitions is any less effective than the person that writes congressional leaders? No one. Again, they are equally as important and valid. My point is this: There are so many ways that people can advocate for the rights of those of us with mental illnesses. They are as vast and as different as we are ourselves. They are also equally as important.
We have bloggers, petition signers, legislative writers, authors, film documentaries, podcasts, people who go to DC (ahem, hahaha), support group facilitator. The list goes on and on. Please feel free add more in the comment section for the ones I have missed. I would very much like everyone to be recognized for what they do. All of these help to further our cause.
The only hiccup I see is that there really is no one thing that bring us all together, like other movements. Perhaps, though, that is our “thing”. Who knows? I’m not saying I’m the person who can make that happen. Would I like to be? You bet your sweet bippy I would. I have a feeling, though, that it would take something much bigger than I to do that. Seriously though, I’m just one person with less than 500 readers. I vent on here. I try to make people laugh. I try to educate. I try to do my part. Even my Congressional project (https://www.facebook.com/millionvoicesstrong) is going to be an ongoing project. It’s not going to change Congress over night. Who knows what effect it will have? I know it is having a positive effect because I’m getting responses from them for scheduling. In others, the doors are opening. They are at least willing to listen and that’s what I wanted. So, I’m looking at this project as a success so far.
Thanks for reading!