Preventive maintenance for the mind

I envision a mental-health center, but like the Y. Not a hospital – not a place where you go when you are sick – but a place where you go to get strong.  I want it to become a cultural norm that people go “work out” at a place that strengthens their spirit.

There are too many young boys who are killing people.  There are too many people killing themselves, either fast or slow.  There are too many people suffering in silence, faking it and not making it.  This is a sign that something isn’t working.

We need to take away the stigma of mental health.  It is for everybody.  It isn’t shameful to get help.  It is bad to need help and not get it.  We all need help.   People need to learn how to recover their spirits and build them up.  Our souls, our spirits are like flames.  If we let them die down, we are done for.

If we make it so it is a cultural norm that people seek to prevent problems, then we will save a lot of lives.  And when I say “save lives” I don’t just mean from suicide and murder.  I mean people will have lives worth living.  There is a difference between “living” and “being alive”.

We have to make mental health something that everybody works on.  We have to remove the stigma about getting help.  The well-being of our families, our friends, our neighborhood, and our world depends on it.    How many more people have to die, either at their own hands or the hands of strangers, before we act?


About betsybeadhead

Hello, and Welcome. My name is Betsy, and I like beads and prayers. Fortunately those two things are more related than I ever realized. You are invited to “like” my Facebook page titled “Betsy Beadhead” and thus see what I’m talking about in my posts when I try to explain something using beads rather than words. This whole thing started because of that. Then I couldn't figure out how to post pictures so I just started writing. I string together words the same way I string together beads, and both serve the same purpose. I work at a library, surrounded by ideas brushing up against each other. I draw, paint, and collage. I study world religions. In all these experiences I like combining different things and making new things, and stretching my understanding of what “is” and what “has to be.” You are welcome to share my posts - just please give credit where credit is due. I'm anti-censorship but I'm also anti-plagiarism.
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2 Responses to Preventive maintenance for the mind

  1. Wow this is an amazing idea!


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