Welcome to the second BlogFlash event! The first (#BlogFlash2012) was so well received that we decided to run it twice yearly. It’s a great opportunity to get creative, meet other bloggers and get a new audience. Whether you join us for the full month or just a few days, the main aim is to have fun and be inspired. Anything else is a bonus. Worried about word count? Don’t be! It’s a guideline so the month doesn’t feel overwhelming but if you feel inspired to write more, feel free. Good luck!

#BlogFlash2013: Day Five – Mental Health

\'The statistics of sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they\'re okay, then it\'s you.” - Rita Mae Brown

Physical health, our own, the health of our loved ones, is our most valuable asset. Without it, we have nothing. But mental, emotional, psychological health is equally important. This we often forget. We’d never look down upon someone with heart disease, cancer or (unfortunately, nearly) any other grave, debilitating disease. Yet mental illness we stigmatize, those caught in its throes disparaged, humiliated, as though weak-willed, as if they’ve somehow caused or they deserve their affliction.

#BlogFlash2013 (March): Day 5 - HealthAnd yet are we not all at one time or another struck? Are we never anxious? Grief-stricken? Depressed? Buzz Aldren, Ludwig van Beethoven, Marlon Brando, Jim Carrey, Winston Churchill, Princess Diana, Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway, Abraham Lincoln, Michelangelo, Isaac Newton, JK Rowling, Leo Tolstoy, Vincent Van Gogh-all brilliant, all accomplished, and all suffered from a mental illness. These people we accept openly; their mental illness is an aside. We don’t define them by it.

Isn’t it time to open our hearts to all our brothers and sisters suffering the heartbreaking effects of a mental illness-to offer acceptance, compassion, and hope?

Next prompt: Island (8th March)

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