Happy World Mental Health Day

“Some days I woke up and got out of bed and brushed my teeth like any normal human being; some days I woke up and lay in bed and looked at the ceiling and wondered what the hell the point was of getting out of bed and brushing my teeth like any normal human being.” ― Ned Vizzini, It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Today we take one day out of the year to recognise mental health issues. If only the general populace could recognise them on the other 364 days. Mental health issues commonly begin during the teenage years and often go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.

For me, the above quote from Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story aptly describes the ups and downs of depression. Ned Vizzini struggled with the illness for years before taking his own life in 2013.

The Young Minds website has a great list of YA books that raise some light on various mental health issues. They can be found here. These books may be able to help young people struggling with mental illness or, at least, help them become aware of the issues that are out there, so our next generation can be more enlightened and more able to help or cope with illness.

Illustration by Jim Kay from A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd

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To the dogs…

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Scale”

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“I rub the ears of my dog, my stupid goddam ruddy great dog that I never wanted but who hung around anyway and who followed me thru the swamp and who bit Aaron when he was trying to choke me and who found Viola when she was lost and who’s licking my hand with his little pink tongue and whose eye is still mostly squinted shut from where Mr. Prentiss Jr. kicked him and whose tail is way way shorter from where Matthew Lyle cut it off when my dog – my dog – went after a man with a machete to save me and who’s right there when I need pulling back from the darkness I fall into and who tells me who I am whenever I forget.”

Patrick Ness, The Knife of Never Letting Go