For you to be here now trillions of atoms had to assemble in an intricate and intriguingly obliging matter to create you. It has never been done before. You are part of a society that has seen more frequent doctor’s visits. We are people who watch and lament over what we eat – cutting calories and carbs, introducing organic foods into our diets, demanding government officials to post the calories of fast foods for public knowledge. We judge world leaders on their platforms for healthcare and have conflicting views on what is acceptable. Clearly we have come to care more and more about our bodies – but our minds continue to take a backseat.
Mental illness has long held a stigma in society. A touchy, complex topic, every culture on the globe has bore the brunt of mental illness in one way or another. Because of this hands-off mentality, it was initially difficult to get this website started. When I talked to others about my ideas, most advised me to keep an open mind and feared for my tolerance for an audience that may be just the opposite.
But that’s the whole point.
Mental illness hits home for me. My mother, after a lifetime of battling depression and anxiety committed suicide in July 2008. Since then, I’ve suffered an absence of her in my life; a hole that I cannot fill or stitch shut. I’ve faced a world of intolerance from friends, family, and society in general. I lost friends, watched my family get broken apart, my grades suffered – my life concentration of chaos.
My mother was an incredible woman, an incomparable source of inspiration and love, and a fortitude of strength. But she suffered alone in silence for so long.
And that’s what I want to accomplish here – I want to get people talking. I want people to understand that mental illness is very real and has a severe impact on a myriad of individuals – but also that it is treatable. If we can get people to realize that they do not have to suffer in silence, that they do not have to stand by and watch a loved one crumble, that mental illness is not embarrassing or nonexistent, then maybe we can move forward.
Why do mental illnesses have to be shrouded in insensitivity and ignorance? Why is it so taboo? I invite anyone who reads this to share their stories, ask questions, offer suggestions. E-mail me at atomsandemptyspace08.com or post a comment.