‘You Don’t Float to The Top of A Mountain’ – Linda Gillan

‘Any progress demands effort, you don’t float to the top of a mountain.’ from INSIDE, LOOKING OUT – my journey with mental health and sensitive awakening.  

 24 July 2017Float Mountain Linda Gillan WU_2443-750x675

Thanks to The Wellness Universe for creating this poster with my quote.

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Cure Stigma: Sharing To Ignite More Awareness 

Cure Stigma Sharing To Ignite More Awareness by Linda Gillian #TheWellnessUniverse #WUVIP #Stigma

Cure Stigma: Sharing to Ignite More Awareness.

HANDS UP if you or someone you know has NEVER had or been affected by mental illness? I asked this question recently to a room of 12 people and later to a room of 50 people, both times the response was the same.

Nobody put up their hand.

We all have mental health as it is the state of our wellness or illness which fluctuates or changes.

Mental illness can affect anyone, at any age, at any time, yet STIGMA is a chronic disease of Western society, spread by our obsessive need to label and separate for our own peace of mind.

When confronted by something we don’t understand, our human tendency is to put “it in a box,” and turn our backs away so that it doesn’t affect our world. Seemingly, compartmentalizing mental illness and putting people in a box, is somehow reassuring. I have to admit that earlier in my life, I also acted out of fear of the unknown, and I have been drawn into the accepted norms surrounding mental health. Back then, I didn’t know any better, but now I do.

I have been on the receiving end of the stigma of mental illness, openly and covertly, in both my private life and my workplace. I have personally experienced and have witnessed being done towards others, a sudden change of behaviour and attitude when someone’s mental illness history comes to light. From the moment the word is out, things change, and not for the better.

It’s as though a filter has been put in place, through which the same eyes and ears that once accepted and respected our individuality, now scrutinize and judge us from a different perspective. 

Everything we do is seen differently and we are watched more closely for anything we do or say that appears ‘strange.’ Socially, we are silently ridiculed for our light-hearted comments or playful behaviour, which is often laughed off or encouraged if done by others that are not labeled by stigma.

Does society really think that we don’t see their sly rolling eyes or know about the labels we’ve been branded with? We become the target for untruths that flourish aboard the gossip train.

Is it any wonder that we say everything is okay, even when it’s not (especially when it’s not), we then learn to become good actors? We hide how we really feel, but in the debilitating pretense, behind our smile or light comments, we are finding the strength to hold it all in. And behind closed doors, we break down and we cry.

Stigma feeds on a lack of understanding and misinterpretation. 

Is there a cure for mental health stigma? I believe so. The healing lies in a global change of attitude towards something we all live with but have been too scared to talk about.

The cure of stigma starts right here and right now, with me and you. We begin by making a decision to change and be there for each other. To ask and to listen. To REALLY listen. To encourage conversation and to make time for open and honest communication about how we feel.

We can cure stigma by sharing our truths to ignite more awareness.

– Linda Gillan

Source: Cure Stigma: Sharing To Ignite More Awareness

via @The Wellness Universe blog/LindaGillan #mentalhealthweek #curestigma

#S.T.I.G.M.A. ~ #SharingToIgniteMoreAwareness

Cure Stigma: Sharing To Ignite More Awareness

Source: Cure Stigma: Sharing To Ignite More Awareness

Cure Stigma Sharing To Ignite More Awareness by Linda Gillian #TheWellnessUniverse #WUVIP #Stigma

Cure Stigma: Sharing to Ignite More Awareness.

HANDS UP if you or someone you know has NEVER had or been affected by mental illness? I asked this question recently to a room of 12 people and later to a room of 50 people, both times the response was the same.

Nobody put up their hand.

We all have mental health as it is the state of our wellness or illness which fluctuates or changes.

Mental illness can affect anyone, at any age, at any time, yet STIGMA is a chronic disease of Western society, spread by our obsessive need to label and separate for our own peace of mind.

When confronted by something we don’t understand, our human tendency is to put “it in a box,” and turn our backs away so that it doesn’t affect our world. Seemingly, compartmentalizing mental illness and putting people in a box, is somehow reassuring. I have to admit that earlier in my life, I also acted out of fear of the unknown, and I have been drawn into the accepted norms surrounding mental health. Back then, I didn’t know any better, but now I do.

I have been on the receiving end of the stigma of mental illness, openly and covertly, in both my private life and my workplace. I have personally experienced and have witnessed being done towards others, a sudden change of behaviour and attitude when someone’s mental illness history comes to light. From the moment the word is out, things change, and not for the better.

It’s as though a filter has been put in place, through which the same eyes and ears that once accepted and respected our individuality, now scrutinize and judge us from a different perspective. 

Everything we do is seen differently and we are watched more closely for anything we do or say that appears ‘strange.’ Socially, we are silently ridiculed for our light-hearted comments or playful behaviour, which is often laughed off or encouraged if done by others that are not labeled by stigma.

Does society really think that we don’t see their sly rolling eyes or know about the labels we’ve been branded with? We become the target for untruths that flourish aboard the gossip train.

Is it any wonder that we say everything is okay, even when it’s not (especially when it’s not), we then learn to become good actors? We hide how we really feel, but in the debilitating pretense, behind our smile or light comments, we are finding the strength to hold it all in. And behind closed doors, we break down and we cry.

Stigma feeds on a lack of understanding and misinterpretation. 

Is there a cure for mental health stigma? I believe so. The healing lies in a global change of attitude towards something we all live with but have been too scared to talk about.

The cure of stigma starts right here and right now, with me and you. We begin by making a decision to change and be there for each other. To ask and to listen. To REALLY listen. To encourage conversation and to make time for open and honest communication about how we feel.

We can cure stigma by sharing our truths to ignite more awareness.

Do you know of another way that we can begin to cure stigma? Do you have a personal experience with being placed ‘in a box?’ Please share your ideas and experiences with us in the comments section below. You just may save someone’s life!

– Linda

Are you ready to live outside the box? I invite you to grab a copy of my free e-book, Breaking Free as a gift for you.

https://blog.thewellnessuniverse.com/cure-stigma-sharing-ignite-awareness/

 

Ebook by Linda Gillan ‘Breaking Free ~ PS_There Is No Box’

NOW available online – http://au.blurb.com/ebooks/675391-breaking-free

photo-story Ebook by Linda Gillan
BREAKING FREE ~ #PS_ThereIsNoBox

http://au.blurb.com/ebooks/675391-breaking-free

Breaking Free ebook cover.jpeg    Bowerbird LOOKING DOWN Bobbi.jpg

The book is based on my original writing in 1994, one year after hospitalisation with Brief Psychotic Disorder. The passage is brought to life by Bobbi Marchini’s exquisite nature photos.  ~ Linda Gillan   http://au.blurb.com/ebooks/675391-breaking-free

ANGEL Butterfly and Purple flower ME. Bobbi Marchini   PS There Is No Box Post Photo Victor Alvarez
#mentalhealth #photostorybook #ebook #breakingfree

 

PS _ There Is No Box ~ Linda Gillan

A few days later;   “I am HERE”.  No flash of lightening or thunderbolt struck the earth,  a simple knowing.  My eyes and heart wide open.  I am awake. There is no going back.

I had DISSOLVED. Squeezed dry by the pressing walls of the ‘boxes’ ~ mine and others.

Through the eerie solace of darkness and silence, all that was, had melted away.  Today unknowingly or willingly,  I’m not sure which, I emerged and woke up to all that is.          ♥ Linda   #PS_ThereIsNoBox

Excerpt from my upcoming book:  INSIDE LOOKING OUT  ~ my journey with #mentalhealth and #sensitiveawakening  ~ Linda Gillan.   Photo by Victor Alvarez

PS There Is No Box Post Photo Victor Alvarez

Are You Open to Receive ?

Be Open to Receive Post

Do you find yourself waiting…. and waiting,  for what you asked for to arrive ?

Ask yourself this question..”Am I open and willing to receive this in the here and now OR, am I closed and holding back from receiving because of past hurts and experiences ?”

Let go of the old…really open up to the new… and get ready to be amazed !

~ Linda Gillan

Kristen Battistelli shares “My Secret Obsession with Float Therapy”

 

Imagine no noise, no cell phones, no texts, no one bothering you for a full hour while rejuvenating and relaxing your mind and body…. Do you crave a quiet, dark space to allow your brain to quiet down and simply think…. you might like to try Float Therapy

Source: The Wellness Universe Blog  My Secret Obsession with Float Therapy

Super Blue Moon Eclipse: January 31, 2018

Super Blue Moon Eclipse – a powerful start to the year….

Blue Moon Heather Corinne-Lang WU post

Source:  The Wellness Universe Super Blue Moon Eclipse: January 31, 2018

The Super Blue Moon Eclipse will take place on January 31, 2018!

“What a way to start out the first month of this 11 year! On January 1 (or the second depending on where you are in the world), we had a full supermoon, and now we have a second super full moon on the last day of the month, January 31! (1:27pm London, England; 8:27am New York; 5:27am Los Angeles) The second full moon to occur in a month is called a Blue moon. A supermoon is when the moon is much closer to earth, and therefore, appears bigger in the sky. Since it is closer, its effects are increased.”

And if things couldn’t get much more intense, it’s a lunar eclipse, too!

~ Heather Corinne-Lang