On Supporting Mental Health

I read an online anonymous post once that someone wrote how everyone says they care about mental health and are supportive until someone actually demonstrates symptoms of their mental illness. Words are easy. Being called to action, to put those words to the test, isn't.

A great example of this is when Kanye West had a very public manic episode in July; spectators had a field day mocking him. Halsey's response was insightful and powerful. She tweeted, "No jokes right now. I have dedicated my career to offering education and insight about bipolar disorder and I’m so disturbed by what I’m seeing. Personal opinions about someone aside, a manic episode isnt a joke. If you can’t offer understanding or sympathy, offer your silence."

A final note: it may be suicide awareness month this month, but mental health is important year round. I donate $5 monthly to NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Health. They do amazing work. Please consider donating in support, especially during traumatic times like this pandemic.

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