The Importance of Mental Health

Another non-food related post, until I get my storage space up and running on my end. I’ve got so many pictures to share and so much to tell! But right now I’d like to talk about today, October 10th, National Depression Screening Day.

Depression is not like a cold that goes away after a few days. It is a serious problem that affects millions of people. These people have good lives, loving families, and often don’t understand why they are so depressed. The worst thing you can do is ignore it. There is always help.

So today, I’d like to share a poem I love that fits the occasion.

“to love life, to love it even
when you have no stomach for it
and everything you’ve held dear
crumbles like burnt paper in your hands,
your throat filled with the silt of it.
When grief sits with you, its tropical heat
thickening the air, heavy as water
more fit for gills than lungs;
when grief weights you like your own flesh
only more of it, an obesity of grief,
you think, How can a body withstand this?
Then you hold life like a face
between your palms, a plain face,
no charming smile, no violet eyes,
and you say, yes, I will take you
I will love you, again.”

~Ellen Bass

We’re all in this life together.


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