My good friend Leesa Brown has agreed to have her op-ed—originally posted to Facebook—appear on WP.com with a few enhancements. Click over to “A Death Hits Home” for more, and here’s an excerpt:
“I honestly wish that doctors and therapists would work more on healing, and less on just slapping a bandage on something to cover it up. Medications for depression may truly help some, but too often they're just a way to shove the problem under the rug so we can pretend it doesn't exist. Building self-esteem and repairing emotional injuries would go a long way. Therapy is often a lifesaver - literally.” I am a huge proponent and supporter of mental-health services. ARTvision has raised more than $50,000 for Positive Impact, a critical agency that provides critical care for those affected by HIV in the Atlanta area. Leesa single-handedly earned $950 last year for PI with her piece, “Riding the Light.” We are grateful to her for that amazing donation of creativity!
Depression and other related ailments can be lessened if we look out for each other and try to get help to those who need it. As we close out 2014, please consider supporting PI and any other groups or agencies who help those suffering from depression, PTSD and other ailments.
Leesa’s personal experience is a wonderful read. Click over now and have a look. - WP
Last night I went to bed ill, literally ill, because of yesterday’s “Support Chick-Fil-A” events. I saw a woman riding down the street on a bike with a, “I heart Chick-Fil-A” shirt. I saw the news “reporting” on the long lines and massive crowds waiting to “show their support” for their fellow Christians. And spoke to a dear friend who was oh so proud that she had gone and supported her fellow Christians in their stand for “the first amendment rights of Christians” in support of traditional marriage. It felt like I was stabbed in the heart. I am a married straight woman, in love completely with my husband and, on most days, happily married. I’m not going to try to fathom how this day has made my fellow human beings of the LGBT community feel. If I am this upset, I can only imagine this was a very painful reminder of just how little our country truly cares for their human rights and their equality. (read the full post here)