Royal Treatment

Someone of great influence is working to extinguish the stigma associated with mental illness (MI). That comes as music to the ears of moms raising kids with MI.  Who is the person? The duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. Talk about the royal treatment!

Check out the title of an Associated Press article:

Kate Middleton would get her kids mental health help if they needed it

The weight of her words could do much to turn the tide of needless shame millions of moms feel. A portion of that well-written article helps us understand how sincere she is in her campaign.

“She called for change, writing that ‘with mental health problems still being such a taboo, many adults are often too afraid to ask for help for the children in their care.’”

How does it make you feel when you hear that other adults are too afraid to ask for help for their children suffering from MI? I don’t know about you, but it reinforces the fact that I’m not alone in my journey. I’m not alone in trying to shield my son from others, due to the stigma that surrounds MI. I’m not alone in fearing that unkind people might judge, tease, or look down on my son.

Kate’s backing up her words with action. She’s the guest editor for The Huffington Post UK’s recently-launched series called “Young Minds Matter.”  On that site, Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge, states, “We know there is no shame in a young child struggling with their emotions or suffering from a mental illness.”

In 2015, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge supported UK’s first Children’s Mental Health Week. She videotaped her support of UK’s charity a Place2Be. Hear her talk about that charity in her own words:

In 2016, she created another video for Mental Health Week. In that video, Kate is speaking directly to young children. Listen to how well she relates to children:

Those involved with the Young Minds Matter campaign hope it will go global. Their goal is to help children around the world feel loved, valued and understood.

That’s what we want for our children also. Not only do we have an earthly royal advocating for loving treatment. But we have a heavenly Royal who wants everyone to love one another.

“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:37-39).

1 John 4:8 tells us that God is love. Our King of all kings not only wants us to share His love, but He will envelop you in His love. Picture resting in the palm of His hand.

“On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your right hand upholds me” (Psalm 63:6-8).

 Let Elvis Presley’s song, “One Pair of Hands”, minister to you.

Bullying and Mental Illness

From my picture book: “Heart Eyes: Beth and the Bullies”

From my picture book:
“Heart Eyes: Beth and the Bullies”

Bullying doesn’t always lead to mental illness (MI). But it can contribute to it.

Our son, Chris admits that all the bullying he endured played a role in his MI.

October is National Bully Prevention Month.

There’s gonna be a twitter storm in Washington DC on bullying today. Tell everyone you know.

 Here are the details about the twitter storm:

In recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month and the sixth year anniversary of the Shepard Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act, please join Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett tomorrow, October 28,  from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT for a Twitter chat on bullying prevention. As many of you know, one of the first times the Shepard Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act was enforced was in the case of Vincent Kee, a Navajo man with developmental and psychiatric disabilities who was assaulted. Also, Department of Education has previously issued guidance issued guidance to schools reminding them that bullying is wrong and must not be tolerated—including against America’s 6.5 million students with disabilities. The Department of Education’s press release provides a comprehensive summary of the guidance related to disability and bullying that the Department of Education has issued to date.

Please retweet the tweet below to your networks and use the hashtag #StopBullying365 to ask your questions.

Here’s the link to the Department of Education press release: