Boy, this is the type of article I find exciting and difficult to write.
Exciting because I believe mental health is as important as physical health.
I am thrilled we are having these conversations, getting it out in the open, and releasing stigmas.
Difficult because it comes on the heels of the deaths, by suicide, of (in my book) two brilliant creators and artists. People who affected the lives of more individuals than they will ever know.
BUT we HAVE to have these conversations.
We have to look at the statistics.
We have to be informed and unafraid to talk about it.
Some of us have to reach deep inside and reveal some intimate truths about ourselves FOR ourselves and for others.
It takes a village to raise EVERYONE!!!
Feeling heard and knowing that we have options is crucial.
Let's start with: 1 in 4 people are dealing with mental health challenges.
Stand in a group of 4 people and one of them is suffering.
Or is it you?
The more we say "I deal with mental health issues" the more it becomes a part of HEALTH.
An accepted, acknowledged part of health.
Chemical imbalances and neurological deficiencies are no different, in my eyes, than heart attacks or cancer.
We can accept a stroke, aneurysm or seizure in the brain but we can’t accept brain disorders that manifest as mental health illnesses?
The brain is an organ just like the lungs, heart and liver.
We need to look at the whole person.
Hiding our anxiety, depression, anger, bipolarism, or personality disorder results in the cataclysm of suicide.
Everywhere we go there are living testaments to quality of life with mental health issues.
It's the retail salesperson, hairdresser, bus driver, restaurant server, housekeeper, cable person, and, yes, even your doctor.
We can treat and even cure many diseases; mental health issues are among them.
I come from generations and generations of mental health challenges. From family members in the earlier 20th century who received electric shock therapy, to current family members, and close family friends, who thrive being on talk therapy, exercise, mindfulness, healthy eating, proper rest, supplementation, pharmaceuticals and/or medicinal marijuana.
IT'S THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY, BABY!!!
If you FEEL something, say something.
SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE YOUR BACK!
I'm one of them.
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KaZ has been in many facets of entertainment, plus the co-owner of two restaurants, a fitness center, a television production company and the owner of a cinema. She did a stint in politics (she won't be doing that again anytime soon), and in veterinary medicine, She now focuses on writing.
In addition to the above, KaZ is an award-winning vocalist, a former dancer, stunt actor, circus artist, & professional water skier. She has worked as a theater artistic director & writer.
KaZ has been a published writer in magazines & books since the age of 15. She has written plays that have been produced in New York, Florida & New Orleans. She has a featured chapter in the book How To Survive A Move. (Up-to-date she has moved 45 times!) KaZ wrote an article for Organic Wine Journal, and also an article featured at the Ground Zero Memorial.
KaZ co-wrote 2 television informational series & 3 television pilots.
One of the pilots, a sit-com, was produced as a reality pilot. KaZ has revisited it and it's now a one season cable series.
“(And ) Then This Happened.” is based on life, love, and everything in between in the mid-life years. Loosely based on her life and the life of two of her best girlfriends.
KaZ's many high pressure pursuits led her to meditation.
She began studying meditation in '91. Her initial training focused on Kundalini Yoga with Yogi Bhajan and his teachers. She is a certified Master Meditation and Qigong Instructor.
Most recently KaZ taught in a juvenile justice facility, and lectured on mental health in juvenile justice.
With writing being her first love, look for KaZ's upcoming children's books
from the mind of two grandmothers.
Plus, a play based on letters from her two great uncles during WWII.