World Mental Health Day
Hurray for the powers-that-be that named one entire day as World Mental Health Day! If you've sensed some sarcasm in my statement, you are entirely right.
Naming a singe day to focus on all the facets of mental health is akin to putting a single bandage on a mortal wound -- it's a nice gesture, but it doesn't begin to stave the bleeding. We do, after all, have days set aside to honor the doughnut, coffee or even primal screams. The naming of one single day for an issue as diverse and complex as mental health is simply not enough.
For a time, after the suicide of Robin Williams due to depression, there was a focus in the media and in the minds of many about depression and its treatment and about mental health in general.
Much of the media, and the reading/listening/watching public are fickle creatures. Our attention spans last about as long as an episode of "Family Guy." We don't intend to forget these issues, but there is so much information that requires our attention.
An entire year devoted to mental health issues would not be enough, but it would be a significant start.
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