Andrea Noel Foley /
Day 121 of 365 days of running
HELPING BRING AWARENESS to mental health and lack there of.
This is the face of a mother of a 22 yr old son with a sever mental illness and this is the face of a mother who struggles not to lose herself knowing what her son must go through every moment of his life.
Today I started my run with my mile as my goal. But my son and his illness ( Schizophrenia extremest case ) is setting very heavy on my heart. 6 miles later and many tears shed my run came to an end. I post many post about awarness and only recently have I been sharing why I do this. I do this because society is so negative to anything we don't understand. We have lost our empathy and sympathy and without those how can we help, how can we do more, learn more work toward cures, Drs begging the best they can and to treat each patient as a individual who deserves the best treatment possible not just another number, work toward helping those most incapable of helping themselves. I know these issues go beyond mental illness but mental illness/health is being swept under the rug, ignored, dismissed. It's losing funding and treatment is nearly impossible for those who are not wealthy nor have good insurance. They are shunned on and are either invisible to by passers or called lazy unwilling people.
Talk openly about mental health. “Mental illness touches so many lives and yet it's STILL a giant secret. Be brave and share your story.” Educate yourself and others about mental health. “Challenge people respectfully when they are perpetrating stereotypes and misconceptions. Speak up and educate them.” –Yvonne Lucas
FB- a mile to mend the mind
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