Monday, January 20, 2014

Mental Disorder Awareness Blog Train

I was kind of excited about the chance I have had to participate in this blog train!  (Sorry I am a little late getting it up! Baby girl's birthday weekend, so we have been celebrating!)

Mental Disorder Awareness is a subject very near and dear to my heart. I grew up in a home where Depression was a part of my sweet Dad's daily life, still is. It is hard for him to  motivate himself, it is hard to do anything, really! I remember hearing someone say that Depression wasn't a real problem, and was completely appalled, as it has always affected  my Dad and made life hard for him.

Then, fast forward a few years, and I ended up working in the mental health field. I hear stories daily about people that have lives that are completely ruined due to mental illness. I hear about abuse to children and adults daily. I hear about people who have PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) from various events, especially a lot of  people from the Middle East where there is a lot of war, who see horrible, horrible things and it affects everything they do in their lives. I hear about people who have taken drugs and it completely changes them, ruins their entire lives, their brain function, everything! Something else I never realized is that there are people that are terrified to leave their house. They KNOW it is not rational, but still cannot train their brain that it is okay!  I hear about people who were born with these serious illnesses, and honestly, I struggle daily with trying to keep myself positive and separate myself from my work. It is hard to not feel down, and take on some of their problems. I think it is hardest for me to hear how people struggle in public. They know that people look at them differently, they know that they are different. They cannot help it. Their brains don't work the same way. I think we need to be more tolerant and show more love to those who suffer with mental illnesses. I bet if we were to get to know some of them more, that we would just love them so much! It is my hope that we become more tolerant, more loving, more kind to those we meet. It is my hope that we realize that mental illness is a horrible way to live life, and that it is more widespread than we even realize. I have been there. I have been in that depression that feels dark, that I wasn't able to feel any emotion. It was dark, and the only thing that kept me going is the love of a good husband and wonderful friends. Reach out to those around you. Love them. Support them. Tell them that you are there for them and just be there to bless their lives.

I wanted to show that there are times of sunshine in the midst of the storms of mental illness. There are moments of clarity, there are moments of joy, there are moments of celebration and victory. But there are also storms. I hope you like my kit!
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Here is a list of all the other stops in the blog train! Enjoy! Remember, we all love to get some love in our comments! :)
Lizzy QX Design
KJD Designs
Dea’s Design
Caroline B.
Dhariana Scraps
Shuckclod’s Stuff
Ann’s Scrapbook Heaven
Marniejo’s House Of Scraps
Timber Scraps <--------YOU ARE HERE!!
Misplaced Mermaid


  1. This is such an important issue, as you know. Thank you for sharing your awesome contribution and your personal experience.

  2. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous kit and your testimony. It is a very misunderstood issue - I know because my own family doesn't realize how much their comments hurt when the depression wraps its cloak around me...

  3. Thank you for the download and especially your beautiful comments, which brought tears to my eyes...

  4. Thank you for the download and especially your wonderful words that brought tears to my eyes...

  5. Thanks ever so much! XOXO your personal story was very touching.
    Just so you know, the link on the preview takes me to a page where 3 different zips are shown. Should I get all 3? or just the one that says Mental Health Awareness?

  6. Heartfelt thanks for bringing awareness to such a debilitating disorder. I am sure it touches most of our lives. Your work is amazing and very appreciated.

  7. Thank you for your part in the train, and for your words of wisdom. You are spot on when it comes to depression. It runs in my family as well, which I did not know until it hit me. Then all of a sudden I found out how many of my relatives take medication for it but never talked about it. People who haven't dealt with this disease do not understand.

  8. What a beautiful kit!! So uplifting with the clouds!! Added such a sweet lift! The colors are awesome, the frames are great, the banner is fun! The sun is also uplifting! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  9. Thank you for your part of the train, and for your words. I have suffered all my life with depression but tried to handle it on my own; and I got by, but when I turned 50 I thought of how much time had been wasted due to depression; and finally sought help. I am now on medication, which has helped a lot; it doesn't stop it altogether, but it has certainly improved my life.

  10. Thank you for your wonderful kit. And for your wise thoughts. I suffer from depression among other things, so I also know what it is about

  11. Thank you for sharing your kit with us and an even bigger thanks for sharing your heart and part of your life with us. I found you to be very touching. I pray that God and others will always give you the comfort and support that you deserve.

  12. Thank you for charing this beautiful kit!

  13. Thank you so much for this lovely huge kit! Thank you even more for sharing part of your story. My mother has suffered moderate mental illness for many years, and is now also suffering Alzheimer's which makes things even more challenging. Myself and my three sibling have all suffered mental illness, but mine has been absolutely devastating in my life. Then my beloved son started his mental illness at just age seven - that has been heartbreaking to see, and it has been almost impossible to get help for him. He just turned sixteen, and his life has been almost destroyed by mental illness, including severe anxiety (would not even leave the house for months!!), hallucinations, depression, and more. I really appreciate the effort of the designers in this blog train for their work in bringing awareness to this issue. Many thanks for your personal story, and good luck in your future.

  14. Thankyou for this. :)