We are in a societal transition. The old is becoming – like real old and outdated, and the new has become the unknown and where do we go from here?!? Let me explain further. We don't grow as a society by continually turning to what worked in the past. It was far different then. The impact on families, relationships, jobs, our businesses, and how we related to each other was void of technical communications. There was no social media and internet, text, smart phones, smart watches that auto-read and measure your heartbeat. If you're lucky, you had a watch that kept the time, a phone in the house, and perhaps a few network channels on the family television – that's it!
Fast forward to year of our Lord 2016 – and there is a small 'i' or 'e' in front of just about everything with the exception of your brain. But don't blink – that's coming soon!
My point is, things have changed drastically – so you can't compare society back in 1950 or 1970 for that matter, to the struggles and frustrations of society today. My friends – we must focus on our MENTAL HEALTH if we are to be successful in answering society's call to correct itself – our else!
Yes, there are many questions. How do we speak out on the shame and stigma around mental illness that hinders people who need it (which is most people) and move beyond it? How do we expand mental wellness in order to break free from the system that threatens to diagnose and label and limits the number of people comfortable, willing and able to access it? When do we stop blaming objects, theories, and strategies – and fess up to the fact that – people are delicate and complex creatures!
America, pay attention. You want safe schools and movie theaters? You want to be able to walk down the road and return safely? Then perhaps we take a page from the new storyline that is coming from England. Seems the Royal Family is a step or two ahead of us…
Prince William, Princess Kate and Prince Harry have launched a new joint initiative, The Heads Together Campaign to help tackle the stigma surrounding mental illness.
“Mental health is just as important as physical health,” Kate says in a video announcing the new initiative. The duchess has been an outspoken proponent of mental health awareness. Filmed in Kensington Palace, the video was released to tie in with the London Marathon today. Several of the royal trio's charities have gotten involved to support the initiative.
“We can all play our part by talking and listening to each other and helping each other find support,” said Harry, who is hoping to destigmatize the issue for current members of military and former service members. William summarized their mission: “Let's get our heads together and change the conversation on mental health.”
“It will be the biggest single project Their Royal Highnesses have undertaken together,” read the statement from the Kensington Palace spokesman. “The Heads Together campaign aims to change the national conversation on mental wellbeing and will be a partnership with inspiring charities with decades of experience in tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health challenges.”
The Royal trio all wore blue Heads Together headbands with, Prince Harry keeping the atmosphere light with his brother and sister-in-law. With the support of their Royal Foundation, William, Kate and Harry will each draw attention to a different component of mental health.
Prince Harry will focus on 'invisible injuries' many veterans face after they return from the battlefield. The Duchess of Cambridge will spearhead the initiative on 'challenges children and young people suffer'. Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, will 'raise the profile on bullying, cyber bullying and suicide among young men'.
I am joined today to tackle this most important topic with Jennifer Carey, Ed.S, LMHC – Psychotherapist, Consultant, Retreat Facilitator.