A reminder that good mental health is important...
I'm sure many of you have heard about the Germanwings incident by now, and the press is now reporting that the pilot had been dealing with mental illness. The tragedy has definitely highlighted the stigma of mental illness, and I'm hoping that this brings more awareness towards the importance of good mental health.
Growing up, I was bullied horribly throughout middle school. As a result I became even more withdrawn, depressed, and increasingly anxious. People laughed and said I was paranoid, when I confided to them that I had social anxiety. Other folks said my depression was a result of not being a strong Christian. By the time I was 15, 16 years old, I started questioning the point of my existence on this earth. A few years ago I finally started seeing a psychiatrist and getting the support I'd needed for so long, and more than ever more determined to help show others that mental health is just as important as physical health.
Poor mental health can have serious consequences, and now many people can see how it can not only effect the sufferer's life, but others as well. While the Germanwings co-pilot wanted his life to end, I think it's safe to assume that most of the passengers on that flight did not feel the same. The families of those passengers are now all affected as well.
If there wasn't such a huge stigma regarding mental illness, do you think there would be a big difference?