Friday, August 26, 2005

Earning Respect for the Mentally Ill - from BlackEnterprise.com

blackenterprise.com: "What is the message you are trying to send to the public?

We want to change the perception of mental illness and help people receive proper treatment. Inadequate funding, limited services and a desperate shortage of housing, especially supervised housing, are major issues that people with mental illness have to deal with on a daily basis.

They struggle to lead productive lives.

These individuals didn't cause their illness. Mental illness is a neurological No-Fault Brain Disease. The symptoms usually present themselves between the ages of 16 and 25. When we speak of mental illness we usually refer to schizophrenia, manic depression or bi- polar disorder, severe depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and panic anxiety attacks.

Most people will not admit they have a problem in public because of the stigma. Historically, Lincoln, Churchill, major poets, musicians, artists, and many others were affected by mental illness. We are grateful for the people who have come out, like Tipper Gore, Patty Duke, Mike Wallace, Rod Steiger, and Dick Cavett to make the world see the mental illness can strike anybody."