World Mental Health Day

October 10 is World Mental Health Day.

To my loyal band of followers I say thank you gracias merci grazie thanks a million for joining me in championing mental and physical health.

I prize having fitness of body and mind.

World Mental Health Day should be the day we commit to doing things to nourish our own mental health and to help others flourish too.

The truth is people can recover. Those of us doing well owe a debt to society to help others less fortunate. People who will always have a harder time of it throughout their lives cannot be forgotten or abandoned.

All of us are human beings doing the best we can with what we were given.

To remember is to understand. I have told my story to give others hope.

Keeping things hidden only serves to reinforce feelings of guilt and shame surrounding having an illness of any kind.

Why the secrecy when we’re not monsters?

In speaking out my aim is to give others permission to tell their stories.

Every day should be a mental health day.

Every day it should be a common occurrence that love for ourselves and others rules.

Author: Chris Bruni

Christina Bruni is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Left of the Dial. She contributed a chapter "Recovery is Within Reach" to Benessere Psicologico: Contemporary Thought on Italian American Mental Health. As well as an author and activist, Bruni is an artist and athlete.

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