Sunday, May 4, 2014

May is Mental Health and Foster Care Awareness Month

Hi all!

So sorry I've been gone for so long, I've just been crazy busy, stressed out, and overwhelmed with family drama, health issues, and the work load these past few weeks.

However, I'm back because this is a VERY important month to me!

May is National Mental Health and Foster Care Awareness Month!


To avoid the awkward feeling of staying closeted and hiding my life from the public, I will come out and openly say that I have both Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Bipolar Disorder I. Though I have both of these mental disorders/illnesses, they do not have me.

I am also a former foster youth and this impacts my life and many others like me in several ways.

I find it rather funny how we live in a world where many people regularly take things to keep them awake when I have to take things to help me sleep. And many drug users and alcoholics love taking things to alter their mental states when I desperately take medication to maintain normalcy.

Other people take for granted having homes to go back to and families to trust when tons of former foster youth are not familiar with these things.

I talk about my diagnoses, health problems, and challenging background not to obtain pity or condolences from the general population (of my readers and friends, that is), but to gain understanding, awareness around such topics, and to relate to others who may also be suffering from similar ailments.

So, for this entire month, I will try my best (even though I'm ridiculously busy with midterms, papers, work, community service, etc.) to update my blog weekly with information and personal experiences surrounding these subjects. For those of you waiting to hear about how my Birthday Vegas trip went, I will eventually post about that, but not for a while since the discussions that have to take place this month are much more important.

So stay tuned for more posts about Mental Health and Foster Care Awareness, and, as always, thanks for reading! :)

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