Friday, October 13, 2017

#31for21 Who is #mentalhealthweek for? And Jane Harper's FORCE OF NATURE

Today is the #DisabilityThinking #linkup. Thank you Andrew Pulrang and everyone who contributes.
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Who is Mental Health Week for?

Mental Health Week is for workers. Writers. Artists. Scientists. Landscape designers. Singers. Songwriters. Theatre critics. Logisticians. Musicians. Cleaners. Cooks. Chefs. Food services personnel. Pensioners. Traders. Universal Basic Incomers. Gig economists.

It's for leaders. Managers. Executives. Activists. Advocates. Wise minds.

Mental Health Week is for followers. The people on Twitter. Facebook. WeChat. QChat. ICQ. Blogger. Google Plus. LiveJournal. VKontakt.

Mental Health Week is for psychologists. Psychiatrists. General practitioners. Specialists. Receptionists and administrative personnel.

Mental Health Week is for people in the street. Transient residents. Migrants. Refugees. Asylum seekers. Your street press vendor like The Big Issue.

Mental Health Week is for social workers. Independent living centre people. Peer supporters. Sex educators. Certified. Licensed.

Mental Health Week is for children. Teens. Tweens. Babies. The unborn and those yet to be born.

Mental Health Week is for senior citizens.

Mental Health Week is for survivors. Veterans. Travellers. Backpackers. People who have been through torture. People who have been through terrorism. People who endure through war and through peace.

Mental Health Week is for animals and plants. Service animals. Psychiatric service dogs. Trauma dogs. Hearing dogs. Guide Dogs and Seeing Eye dogs. Birds. Insects. Amoeba.

Mental Health Week is for sportspeople. Footballers. Tennis players. Mind sports people. Archers. Canoeists. Kayakers. Sailors. Rugby players. Wheelchair sports. Golfers.

Mental Health Week is for culturally and linguistically diverse people whether you speak the 800 languages and dialects of Papua New Guinea or a world language like Mandarin or Spanish or Portuguese or Arabic. It's for Africans. Melanesians. Polynesians. Micronesians. North and South Americans. Central Americans. Australians. Europeans. Asians.

Mental Health Week is for all the people who have died in the service of mental health or so that we may have life and lives.

Mental Health Week is for prisoners and criminals and those in the judicial systems.

Mental Health Week is for Freudians; Jungians; Adlerians; behaviourists; cognitivists; humanists; eclectics and those whose practises come under many names and none at all. It's for the agnostics and the gnostics; the intuitives and the sensors and even the censors.

Mental Health Week is for disabled people / people with disabilities.

Mental Health Week is for families. Cousins. Siblings. Great-grand-parents. Chosen families.

Mental Health Week is for friends.

Mental Health Week is for haters.

Mental Health Week is for past; present; future.

Mental Health Week is for people who are silent and people who speak out.

Mental Health Week is for all the feels: grief. shame. excitement. agitation. calmness.

If Mental Health Week can not be for everybody; then it is for nobody.

Mental Health Week is for you. It's for me. It's for us. It's for them. It's for they and she and he and sir and peer and ou.

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