People hate and judge what they don’t understand. Most
people don’t try to understand those with mental illnesses, automatically
placing them in a category of “crazy” and “retarded.” In reality, they are
people too; people with feelings, hopes and dreams. They just have an extra
barrier that separates them from what we all take for granted: a potential road
Starting in education, those with a mental illness are
sometimes told from the beginning that their lives will never amount to
something that a “normal” individual might have. And that’s a tragedy.
In reality, those with mental illness deserve every
resource and help from others in order to achieve their dreams. Their dreams
are just as important as everyone’s and they need to be realized.
The biggest obstacle in life isn’t their illness; it’s
other people’s prejudices. It’s not only that people bring them down It’s that
people don’t raise them up.
In order to this, we need a complete makeover on our
mindset. For example, the word “retarded” is used daily as an insult to others.
It should never be used as an insult, because it’s not a bad thing to be
retarded. It just means that someone’s brain is unique. Someone’s uniqueness
should never be squandered, only celebrated.
It is our mission to erase “retarded” from people’s
common insults. It is our mission to erase the prejudice against the mentally
Maybe this is a scary thought. This prejudice exists
because people are afraid of those who are different. They don’t know how to
act around the mentally ill. In reality, it’s not different than talking to any
other person around you, except that most of the time, their hearts are bigger.
For those with mental illness, having friends is a
rarity. Imagine going through life with only your parents and siblings as your
best friends. Even just a smile or kind words can make their day. A friendship
Everyone in the world deserves to be treated with
respect and understanding. Unfortunately, those with mental illnesses aren’t.
We need to change that. At the end of the day, each person still wants the same
thing: to love and be loved.