About a year ago, I went out to tell people about Christ and share with them my story and the love of Jesus Christ. I went to an area that was absolutely elated to have me. I kept talking to people till I met one person. He smiled at me but at the same time, was very much disengaged with me. I tried to talk to him, ” Where do you live?” He kept throwing his arms about trying to communicate with me. He was timid and I could tell because he started to walk away.
That was a bit confusing for me because he seemed to want me to talk to him. Then I managed to get him to trust me and I begun to talk to him. Then I heard a man call out to me, “Hey!” I decided to ignore him because the boy was just beginning to warm up to me. I had decided to respond to the man after speaking to the boy. But the man was very persistent so I thought of saying a prayer with him and quickly attend to the man.
The man sent a boy to call me quickly. I had to stop and attend to the man since it seemed urgent. I walked away from the boy. I asked him to wait but when I walked away, he also left. When I got to the man he said to me, “The boy is sick in the head”
I had never been so infuriated in my life. “WT…!!” He is autistic, he is not insane. What does that stop anyone from having a conversation with him because he is autistic. Why couldn’t he wait till we were done talking to him. I was so angry about it.
Unfortunately, there is so much stigma with every type of mental illness. Treating the mentally ill in very demoralizing ways which only crashes their sense of self and prevents them from expressing themselves fully. This thwarts their reaching of their maximum potential.
Besides a lot of people have their own mental struggles and it is even high in places that are ignorant about mental illnesses and sadly enough, they are not interested in knowing. Africa is a typical example and that was why I wrote an article that points out some very common mental illnesses people suffer from and may not even know it. Check out the post here.
We all have our own mental struggles we may not be hospitalized for them but they are as serious as those we feel have very severe cases.
We need to show empathy and love towards those who are in any form of mental distress, not discrimination. I think we should help educate people the more about mental illnesses because that is what will hugely help our society.
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