"However, until we start a dialogue with the uninformed who hope to become allies, I believe it will never be trendy, only tragic."
It has been said that the conversation about “mental illness” in the 21st century, is one that’s become trendy and chic.
Yeah (sigh), okay.
In fairness, I understand why such a thought may exist. I believe this notion stands because for the first time in our western society, conversations about mental health are actually happening, and (even better) they’re accepted. No, we aren’t talking about mental health now because it’s some new phenomenon. Make no mistake about it, I believe that the need to address mental health, has been a real-world matter for as long as mankind has been in existence.
Consider this. Adam and Eve were living in an utter utopia. They were in the highest level of comfort, free from sin, relaxed in the nude, surrounded by God perfected produce, fearless of the lion, and able to enjoy voice to voice communion with God. However, in the matter of one fall, they found themselves suffering with shame, evicted, burdened with barren land, and in a now fractured relationship with God. Not to mention, shortly after their expulsion from Eden, their first-born child, would then violently kill their second child, and as a result, become a fugitive.
Trust me, if there were ever candidates for issues with mental health; for potential dealings with PTSD, anxiety, and depression, I think it would be fair to assume that the first couple might have benefited from therapy.
Yes, I’m convinced that mental illness goes way back. However, in the year of 2019, we are actually talking about it, writing about it, reading about it, and welcoming the exchange, in ways unseen in times past. Nonetheless, I still personally refuse to call it trendy, because there still remains a number of needed conversations that haven’t taken place. Specifically, the ones that need to happen between people who are free from mental illness, about the truth concerning mental illness.
"Trust me, if there were ever candidates for issues with mental health; for potential dealings with PTSD, anxiety, and depression, I think it would be fair to assume that the first couple might have benefited from therapy."
Think about it.
True trends are those that provoke the uninformed to want to be informed. It’s when people joyously asked, “so what does ‘lit’ mean?” Or, when they kept TRYING to ‘dab,’ or when they considered it discovery and asked, “hey, have you heard of the Migos?” It was when people met ‘Hard Knock Life JAY-Z’ when we all-the-while knew ‘Reasonable Doubt’ Jigga. The trend isn’t truly trending until the uninformed desired to be informed.
Namely asking, how can those who are free from this problem, actually become intrigued enough to want to help those who are struggling with it?
How do we make this happen? We must cultivate a desire for dialogue. We must invite them into the truth.
"The trend isn’t truly trending until the uninformed desired to be informed."
However, for it to be successful, there must be guidance placed for this role. To help with that, I’ve provided seven of the many ways to aid them in their role establishment:
In closing, it’s important to note that the current participants in the mental illness dialogue have typically been the suffering, the specialists, and the supporters. However, until we start a dialogue with the uninformed who hope to become allies, I believe it will never be trendy, only tragic.
The word ‘TREND’ is defined as ‘a general direction in which something is developing or changing.’ I personally believe that it is possible for this topic to be trendy; however, when it is, let’s work to make it a positive and beautiful one like PAY IT FORWARD, BLACK GIRL MAGIC, or WWJD. This way, we allow the subject to impact all people in a positive way.
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Kevin D. Jones, Sr.
Kevin D. Jones, Sr.
I'm just an imperfect guy, serving a Perfect God, and doing my best to share Him with everyone I can.