Monday, May 2, 2011

I care So should YOU

This week is very important to me. I will be graduating from College this weekend, and celebrating Children's Mental Health Week. Please educate yourself on the various mental illnesses and disorders that may affect your child. Our children are a blessing!

  • Mental health is essential to overall health and well being.

  • Serious emotional and mental health disorders in children and youth are real and treatable.

  • Children and youth with mental health challenges and their families deserve access to   services and supports that are family driven, youth guided and culturally appropriate.

  • Values of acceptance, dignity and social inclusion should be promoted throughout all   communities for children, youth and families.

  • Family and youth voice is a valued asset in determining appropriate services and interventions.

  • Mainpoints courtesty of:


    1. Dawn, on Twitter, someone said that you should change your profile to read mental health advocate instead of mental illness advocate. you responded that you primarily discuss mental illness. If you advocate 'for' mental illness, it means that you want people to be mentally ill.

      The word 'advocate' means to support/promote something. You do not 'support/promote' mental illness. This is why mental 'health' advocate is a more fitting term, because you promote awareness of mental illness so that people can become healthy mentally.

      It like someone saying they are a child abuse advocate when they should say they are a child safety advocate. look up the word advocate.

    2. I appreciate the work that Dawn does, and am so inspired by her advocacy. To speak of one who pleads the cause (case) of Mental Illness in a community where it is sorely neglected, ignored and yet suffered, is a courageous presentation of a strength of character that few have.

      I was diagnosed bi-polar manic depressive at a young age and never told anyone. I did not become vocal until I met Dawn years later in college, and we talked about it one night in a friend's dorm room. I am still inspired by her, and will support her in her advocacy.

      It is difficult enough to be young, gifted, black and female. To then add the stigma of having a mental illness can often feel like the final straw, the lasting insult from the dealer of life's cards. But to have someone who is mature enough to put a face to an illness that so many suffer from in silence, and have that attacked because of nomenclature or semantics, is absolutely absurd. Perhaps you should consider slipping back into the safety of anonymity and leaving the woman to her work. There is nothing more dangerous than an individual taking someone else's comments, opinions, and beliefs and advocating them irrationally. Especially when people are still afraid to admit and accept their issues and attempt to heal.

      My name is Nikki, and I'm Bi-Polar.

    3. Dear Anonymous,

      I too applaud Dawn's advocacy. For she supports us all. Living with a mental illness is not easy and if you knew better being harsh isn't the way to approach a mentally unstable individual who is trying to defeat the illness in itself in one's own life not to mention others. Go screw yourself.

      A fellow Mental illness advocate!

      P.s. Kick rocks! We unstable individuals stand together we are special as God has blessed us with an abundance of knowledge and power that we have to accept and put to good use...have a great day!