Last night UK newspaper The Guardian filed an article about Rape and Abuse in the US Military, including two survivors talking in the newspaper’s online-only filmed video reports. 25 women and three men are suing the US Army in a lawsuit, which seems to be the general way to bring about change whenever the abuse…
How often do I see people talking about “wanting to be an advocate” and waiting for someone to invite them to be some sort of official spokesperson as if that is what makes one an advocate. It’s not. Advocates see holes and fill them. Sometimes that’s volunteering to work with kids, sometimes it’s telling your story, and sometimes it’s just seeing the people around you dealing with child abuse or mental health and letting them know they aren’t alone.
You don’t decide to get over that. It’s not impossible to heal from it but it’s going to require quite a bit more than just deciding to get over it. So maybe you’d do a lot more good supporting people through that process instead of demanding they get over it so you can feel more comfortable.
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I feel like 2020 has been one of the only times I can remember when admitting you’re struggling with things like anxiety and depression is met with nods of agreement and understanding. That’s an opening for us to continue to talk about mental health issues, of all types, and for people to understand how common it is to need some type of mental health support, whether that be professional, or just supportive friends and family.
On the other hand, I also feel like we all understand that feeling anxious and upset right now is a “normal” reaction to world events, and that having similar issues at another time will be met with skepticism instead of understanding. I hope I’m wrong about that.
In the mean time though, have more conversations around mental health. It will only help all of us feel less alone.