A few days ago I threw out the challenge to share something real – something true – something unfiltered in light of Mental Health Awareness Month – a way to press pause a bit on the fairy tales we spin through social media – a way to show that our lives are real and not these flawless Rockwell-esque fictions – that we’re more akin to the characters from Shameless than This is Us.
A day later, my friend (and editor) David bravely took up that challenge by writing a very open and honest piece about his own mental health challenges:
Tell Me Something Real by David Farnell
Please take moment to read his words, and when you’re finished accept my new challenge to you:
- Educate yourself on how to help a friend or family member in crisis
- Do your part to help remove the stigma around seeking and receiving help for mental health issues
- Support legislation to make mental health care both affordable and accessible
- Listen more
- Talk/try to fix less
… and if a friend/loved one is in crisis, recognize you don’t have to shoulder their burden, but be able to provide them with the information and resources to put them in contact with professionals who can.
Then plan to walk with me and my Jay Walkers team on Saturday, October 29th from wherever you are in this big ol’ world.
Let’s all work to be better – better people, better friends, better members of our global community.
I’ll see you in October.