It's pretty, amazing how we live in a world where mental health is only discussed depending on certain situations or how its recognized only for a few weeks out of the year. For those who live with a mental illness, mental disorder, or mental health symptoms, it is definitely worth paying close attention to everyday of the year, all 365 days of it.
This blog is my voice as a mental health professional, practitioner, prescriber, educator, motivator, counselor, believer, and personal observer. Mental illness is an every second, every minute, every hour "culprit-the cause of a problem or defect" for a lot of people. I agree and I'm pushing for mental health awareness and suicide prevention to be a topic that is always on the forefront and openly discussed without risk of being judged, ridiculed, ignored, or alienated. I want to eliminate any and all stigmas related to mental health, so that we can someday live in a world where the majority of people affected can boldly admit to themselves that they are not okay, willing to openly discuss they are not okay, and willing to seek help and guidance for not being okay.
It is perfectly okay to not be okay some days, most days, and every day, but I know as a person who sits as a witness to how damaging, painful, and difficult it can be to not feel okay. Please read this article from fsunews.com. It is a published article by an unnamed person who also believes awareness should be 365 days a year. Here at WeekendPsychRx we are not only a practice, we are a part of a national movement and it starts here TODAY!
Happy New Year
Felicia Turner, APRN, PMHNP-BC