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Opinion: Have you ever been to a 5k for Mental Illness?
Opinion: Have you ever been to a 5k for Mental Illness?


Yes, it's me and I am on the band wagon about the subject of Mental Health. Here is something I found that describes Mental Illness in plain language:

A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.

Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder. The good news about mental illness is that recovery is possible.

Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion or income. Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Mental illnesses are treatable. Most people diagnosed with a serious mental illness can experience relief from their symptoms by actively participating in an individual treatment plan.

So, my point for writing this article is to help bring greater attention to this illness. There is not a week that we don't see notices for a 5k for Cancer of all types along with many other illnesses, walks for certain groups to bring attention to their cause and races or walks to raise money for many other causes. When was the last time you walked or ran for Mental Illness??????

Our society seems to becoming immune to all the violence on the streets and at our schools and colleges. So many of these incidents are traced back to the  person involved, only to find that he or she had mental issues and either were not taking their medications or were not able to be treated for their issues, for one reason or another.

We have military members coming back home with many, many mental issues as a result of all the terrible things they are witness to while on duty and yet they do not seem to be able to get the help they need.

Someone or some corporation has got to step to the forefront and become a leader in this fight to raise not only awareness but the funds to support the treatment of people who need help. We need to help these people to curb the violence & help they lead a productive life, not just here in Grand Rapids but all over the Unitied States.