This weekend there were a number of Pride events happening. LGBT events, Black pride events.
These events are excellent, people celebrate who they are, people support those celebrating who they are, people are proud.
These events help break down stigmas, allow people to celebrate and also raise awareness and educate others. Looking at how far the LGBT understanding, awareness, acceptance has come over the last 10 years is incredible.
It got me thinking about whether we are also proud of who we are mentally and celebrate this?
A quick google search of 'Mental Health Work of Pride' found some results from Australia, but that was about it.
I have a ribbon on my work lanyard about mental health. I've 'even' got a sticker on my laptop (but i'm still a bit worried about being told off about that), I blog here and bore whoever I meet by talking about it.
But do I have pride in who I am? Do you?
How would I feel about walking down a street with a banner? How would you feel?
Would people 'understand' what I was walking for?
Would a MH Pride event get the interest / coverage?
I think it's a good idea and something to think about.
What do you think?
Take care - be proud of who you are, whoever you are
Mr Paul Wyse