While the world fawns over Chris Brown’s baby and Karrueche Tran’s 199th declaration of finally being done with him, Michelle Obama launched a serious initiative that touches nearly every family in America.
Yet another example of how negative news distracts from pertinent matters, R &B/Pop artist, Chris Brown, is trending for fathering a child with a 31-year-old model. As I scratch my head to figure out why his parental status is the first thing I see on Yahoo! News, FLOTUS tweets a new world-wide launch that strikes my heart.
Michelle Obama launched a campaign called Change Direction. Its purpose is to shed some light and help for those suffering from mental illness.
According to changedirection.org, nearly 1 in 5 Americans have a diagnosable mental illness. Those statistics are outrageous but are believable. Especially in the Black community, most of us know at least one person who is trapped in a mental prison yet goes ignored.
There are 5 signs that indicate a person may have a mental illness: personality change, agitation, withdrawal, poor self-care, and hopelessness. For more details about the 5 signs go to changedirection.org.
My two cents:
I am happy that the First Lady has launched this campaign so that we can place a spotlight on America’s forgotten. We have a habit of casting the mentally ill aside and branding them as crazy but what they really need is compassion and hope.
So the next time you pass a homeless person muttering to himself or herself, it wouldn’t hurt to at least say hello and buy them a burger. Or the next time you talk to your crazy Uncle who the rest of the family rolls their eyes at-while mentioning how those “demons” need to be cast out, offer to give him a ride to a free mental health counselor who can give him a proper diagnosis.
Oh and I nominate Karrueche and Chris Brown for the get off social media with your nonsense award!