Child Abuse and Mental Health Survivors Information - Issue #80
Happy St. Patrick's Day
As you might guess from my last name, McBride, there’s more than a little bit of Irish blood in my veins. Today is the day that we celebrate that heritage, and it got me thinking about survivors and mental health.
For me, being Irish is something that just is. I didn’t have to earn it. I can’t do anything that would change it. It is who I am. I get to celebrate that simply because I exist.
I also know that many a survivor, including myself, struggles with seeing themselves as damaged, or beyond hope. Today, instead of thinking about all the ways we feel “less than”, can we try to focus on what we are? We are human beings, we are alive. That alone has value that is worth celebrating. No one needs to give us that value, nor can anyone take it away. Our past doesn’t make us non-human. Our current struggles don’t make us unworthy of all the things that make us human.
Today, I raise a glass to my Irish heritage. I also raise a glass to all of us, who are human beings just the same as everyone else, because we exist.
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From the Archives
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Finally a question - There’s A Lot of Mental Health Data Out There, But Do We Understand It?
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