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Time to throw out the race card

Posted on January 17, 2017 at 4:00 AM

This next barrier to mental health and awareness has, here in the US, been a very confrontational topic during the last eight years. Racial issues and racism have extended across the world for centuries, so a lot of people are already familiar with it. How race involves mental health and availability to treatment options is what I will focus on more here. Hopefully, with my experiences and views on race issues, racism and anti-racism, already laid out I can more easily include people into this journey despite your many racial backgrounds and beliefs.

After reading about my history with positive racial experiences, I expect at least some of you reading this to feel that I'm just exercising a world view of mental health. Yes, everyone should be included, but no not everyone's needs are the same. Why point out every little difference instead of saying everyone and moving on to the next subject? I want to refer to and include as many people as I can to make sure everyone who reads my blog can feel welcomed and is assured that I advocate for them. There is no hidden agenda or sneaky ulterior motives on my part.

The less of a reason for any of you to feel different the more likely social stigmas won't interfere with you either getting the help you need or learning to understand and help a loved one. Race, religion, nationalism, and what countries you live in all go hand in hand influencing how people deal with or perceive matters of the mind. The way people from one country regards depression, bipolar, or suicide will vary from others in much of the same ways religions would. Yes, I am beginning to refer to other countries only because I am ambitious and don't want to exclude anyone who may suffer from mental illnesses. No, I don't have primary source material on Asians, Russians, Europeans, Australians, and so forth and how they deal with mental health.

The fact is that mental illness affects human beings as a species. It does not discriminate least of all by race or how we segregate ourselves on a routine basis. Just because I live in the United States and haven't lived or been to another part of the world doesn't mean my ambition to improve mental health stops along the borders of this country. Heck no. I wouldn't be human if I was so meek. If my ambition intimidates you still, I encourage you to share your points of view using the Contact tab above to reach me. Any and all correspondence will be kept confidential and I will do my best to professionally and genuinely address such concerns to earn your respect and help you see the benefit of greater awareness with mental health.

If there comes a point that I cannot convince you of both my sincerity and willingness to help, does that make you an adversary to mental health? Absolutely not. I don't presume to know what it is like to have mental illness based on how a particular race understands it. I wouldn't mind knowing so I could better adapt my advocacy and challenge myself to see if I can overcome those such barriers. But I do recognize that race may dictate considerably different opinions, acceptable practices, and potential differences to how people of different races deal with mental health conditions.

Should your race be an issue with seeking the right help for your particular mental health condition, or if you are the one creating the barrier out of anxiety, know that just because you are of a certain racial background doesn't make you any less deserving to be helped with the difficulty of your suffering. Talk to others of your race, discreetly if need be because of social stigmas. Trust in my encouragement to not let barriers like race, or my being a lighter skinned American of backgrounds that include German, English, Irish, and French, to influence you not to continue on this journey with me.

Everyone stands to gain so much from my advocacy, and that from other mental health advocates, because mental illness affects so much of society on many different levels. A lot of the time it hurts; it plain and simple hurts to deal with some of the conditions on a daily basis. If you can trust in me and on your own can objectively decide what is right for you, then I hope to continue to empower all of you to continue along with me.

After all, tomorrow will be an interesting milestone if you've been keeping track.

Categories: Mental Health & Awareness, Inspirational, Barriers, No More

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