Can we agree on this?

To imagine we will get through our lives without experiencing poor mental health, is as foolish as imagining that we will get through it without experiencing poor physical health.

 

Can we agree on this?

That this is the road to acceptance, where we put our mental health on a par with our physical health, and we respect and understand that our minds can break just as our bones can.

 

Can we agree on this?

That acceptance is not enough. We should seek to actively improve our mental health.

We do not insist that acceptance of poor physical health is enough, we try to fix it. We give up our cigarettes to save our lungs and hearts, we put a cast on that broken leg, we attend long and painful physiotherapy sessions to get our bodies back to their best. We put in time, energy, and effort and this is supported by family, friends, and the community.

 

Can we agree on this?

That as individuals and as a community, we give the same commitment to our mental health.

Just as we give up things that are bad for us physically, let us give up that which is not good for us mentally. As we find support to heal our broken bones, let us find support to heal our broken minds, as we commit to the process of getting our bodies fit again, let us give the same measure of effort to get our minds fit again.

 

Can we agree on this?

That if we work hard enough to treat mind and body with equal love and respect, we will not need a week each year to remind us of the importance of our minds, we will be attending to them daily.