After 6 years of mental health advocacy, speaking out, being on TV and radio interviews, doing presentations, videos, writing articles, starting this blog, risking rejection by speaking out and all but throwing myself in the middle of the street with a neon flashing sign, we are seeing change. I am referring to understanding that mental health and addiction are illnesses. It’s the collective effort and sharing of millions who are tired of the stigma surrounding substance abuse disorder and mental illness.
Not that we are done. But more people are speaking out and things are starting to take shape. My greatest regret is that none of this happened before my son’s suicide June 5, 2015. My neon flashing sign is making suicide a household word. Because doing so is a positive move that will ultimately save others from being in the club I’m in now.
What is the #griefheart project?
I explain my #griefheart project here.