Monday, June 06, 2011

Hey, I'm a Mental Health Hero

I'm very delighted to be honored as a Mental Health Hero by Chato B. Stewart during Mental Health Awareness month. It's always nice to get a pat on the back for work you've done, and I'm especially proud to be a Mental Health Hero.

Mental illness touches one in four Americans - yet only 25% will seek treatment for symptoms. Stigma claims the other 75%, wedging those who live with mental illness into a life of silent suffering.

Don't let shame keep you from getting the help you need.

Live loud and live proud.


Wanda's Wings said...

You are indeed a mental health hero!

Dreaming again said...

Agree .. you're a mental health hero!

By the way, my pearls and dreams blog seems to be in a disagreement with my computer and it won't allow me to post .. so I started a new one at

please come by :)

Anonymous said...

That's awesome Dr. Deb. You are definitely a Mental Health Hero. :). Congrats!

Angeliki said...

Congratulations! You are my mental health hero for sure!

Ami said...

Nice cartoon.

I am SO glad I went to my doctor and got some help with my anxiety/depression. One of my better decisions.

Still hard to talk about it with some people in person, though.

Dr. Deb said...

Thanks, my friend.

Will update my links, thanks.


Thank you for your kind words.

It is hard to talk in certain places and with certain people, I agree. Stigma makes it tough.

pHealth said...

Stigma in mental health has always been a challenge. However, I do believe that there is certainly more acceptance and awareness in depression and anxiety more so now as it is so prevalent (in Australia at least).

In my opinion, stress, depression and anxiety, sometimes come down to number of factors and one of those important factors is your self understanding. By self understanding, I mean to "really" understand.

We all have multiple layers of our personality. One that we presents to the world, one when we are emotional, and one deep core personality when we are in our content and "natural" state. Sometimes these layers of personality which represents different core values are in conflict, and if we do not manage them well and achieve a level of mindfulness, we will be in internal conflict and get "stressed".

In life everything has its good and its bad. A piece of steel is strong and rigid but it is not flexible. If you are anxious, then you have great potential to achieve. However, if you cannot control it, then it may burn you out.

So anxiety is neither good or bad. It can be very good or it can be very bad. Just like fire, you can use it for good or you can use it for bad. It is your choice. Once people can step back and truly appreciate this, then I think the stigma will go.

Dr Vin
Family Doctor

Sarebear said...

They're recognizing what we already knew, congrats!

lostinamaze said...

Congrats on your awesome honour!

In the beginning when I decided to get help despite the shame and stigma I felt, it was really hard to get the help I needed. But I'm glad I persisted.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations dear Dr. Deb. You are indeed a mental health hero, and you also happen to be a personal hero of mine whom I sincerely wish I knew closer at hand.

Xmichra said...

I missed this!! lol.. i LOVE it!