The coming week will see the first in a series of posts exploring taboo issues. Entitled “Breaking the Code of Silence”, the series is dedicated to fighting the stigma surrounding mental health issues, by bringing them out into the open and encouraging the sharing and discussion of subjects that people usually associate with shame, embarrassment and fear.
Most people’s lives will be touched by mental illness in one form or another, whether it’s through a personal problem, that of a family member, or simply being caught up in the repercussions of someone else’s suffering. Mental illness is common and widespread, just like the ignorance surrounding it. It’s time to educate and inform, to have those difficult conversations, and to bring into the light the issues that so many feel they have to hide.
I am committing myself to this cause by bringing my personal experiences to the page. By deciding to no longer be silenced, I am taking ownership of those experiences, instead of being a victim of them, and using them to encourage openness and education. I hope they give others the courage to share their problems with someone they trust, or help dispel the fear or misconception surrounding issues that affect us all. It’s a difficult task – the incidents are not easy to write about and I hope I don’t cause hardship to my family by bringing them into the open.
All the posts will be linking up with the Love All Blogs Mental Health Blog Hop.