Welcome to Mental Health Awareness Month, co-sponsored by Blog of Erised and Uncorked Thoughts! If you're new to the name, check out the flagship post and enter a giveaway for some awesome prizes. In short, MHAM is a beautiful effort to spread awareness about the realities of mental illness through books, essays, and personal experiences.
Mental illness is still a stigmatized, underfunded problem throughout the world. For people who live with it every day, it's a silent prison they can't escape. It doesn't evoke the pity of a chronic medical illness; instead, it's often met with fear, misunderstanding, and missteps of humor.
Yet every day we're inundated with stories of teens committing suicide. And then there are stories you don't hear: the people with schizophrenia corralled in jails for being "public nuisances." The teacher who battles every day just to get out of bed. The coworker or friend who smiles at you on the evening train and spend their night sobbing in a corner over demons that can't be exorcised with a pill.
So come. Learn a little more about the silent killers. Support your local VAs, mental hospitals, and charities. Spread the word on your blog or through #MHAMJune on Twitter.
Knowledge is power, and a little power can go a long way towards relief.
Come join us. And come back to Sarcasm & Lemons this month for essays, musings, book reviews, and features. I'll personally be reading It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini and Goodbye, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick. Don't miss the opportunity to be a part of this show of solidarity.