Monday, December 7, 2009

Never Judge a Book by It's Cover

Every now and then, if you are lucky, you will meet a really inspiring person in your life. One of those people to me was my Aunt Francis. She was someone who taught me from a very early age not to ever judge someone who has a mental illness, as she did.

Glenn Close and her sister have come out with this beautiful announcement for Bring Change 2 Mind. It troubles me that they would even have to teach people that someone who has a mental condition is no different from you or me, but I guess not everyone has a beautiful Aunt Francis.

In honor of my aunt, who would have been 70 today, I wanted to share this video with you all.


Anonymous said...

Thank you. It's awesome that Glen did this for her sister. And posting this gives me hope that there are more accepting people out there. Believe me, this ad is appropriate, acceptance and understanding is a hot commodity.

My sister died from side effects of the wrong medication combo. She was schizophrenic and her medicine was for anxiety and ADHD. She committed suicide after a few months on a xanax and ridalin prescription. Why the same doctor would give her both an upper and a downer is beyond me. She's been gone for 9 years.

I have battled with bipolar and multiple personalities most of my life. I control both disorders simply with diet, vitamins and proper sleep - it seems medication made matters worse. I am functional and productive as long as I keep my diet as natural as possible - no additives or preservatives please. It makes me wonder how many mental disorders are diet related; mine seems to be.

Joy De Vivre Design said...

broklynechaos-I am so sorry to hear about your sister. What a loss that could have been prevented just by finding the correct medicine. My mom lost her father to suicide so I know that it is not something that the family ever gets over.

I completely agree with you about diet. I often wonder how many of these chemicals and things in our food are causing the awful illnesses that people have now. I wish you continued health.

I really appreciate your comment. After watching my aunt at her best and also having to see her at her worst, this is a subject that I really feel strongly about. No one would make fun of someone with a heart condition and the only difference between that and a mental condition is just that it is a different organ. In the year 2009, almost 2010, I can't fathom how there are still people in the world who can lack understanding and compassion for others.