We are fast approaching International Day of Persons with Disabilities recognised each year on December 3rd. The 2011 theme?
“Together for a better world for all: Including persons with disabilities in development”
A great committment for sure but I prefer something a bit more simple and closer to home so for 3rd December 2011 I am going to pull together some inspiring stories and artwork (photos, paintings, crafts, musings) from some very talented people who suffer with mental illness and collate them in a celebration of our combined and extensive ABILITY.
This is assuming of course that we think that depression and other forms of mental illness are disabilities and we consider ourselves disabled. It would seem that the majority of people surveyed in research carried out by the Depression Alliance and RADAR during 2009/10 thought that depression is a disability and are prepared to badge themselves as disabled in order to tap into a number of resources only available to the disabled community.
And what do I hope to achieve by showcasing this talent produced by the “mentally disabled?”
- Mental illness should not be a barrier to achievement and success.
- With encouragement and support we can live normal lives and recover to hold down jobs, look after our families and enjoy ourselves.
- We are resilient and loyal
- We are exceptionally talented and we should exhibit this talent freely.
I know lots and lots of very talented people across all spheres who have mental illness of one type or another so I may have to dedicate all my posts during December to this cause. I will enjoy doing that and I will be in touch with you soon…….
Big Ben on a winter’s evening-by Stephen Wiltshire