Once we uplift the wisdom of mental illness, healing will prevail. Together we can alleviate the existential dilemmas, such as alienation, loneliness, and sense of abnormality that so deeply affect those with a mental condition.
You may also know me as the Bipolar Rabbi. I envision a society in which those with a mental illness are treated with dignity. My fellow mental illness partners possess a precious wisdom acquired through pain, stamina, resilience, and courage. That reservoir of wisdom should not be wasted. I want those confronting a mental illness to become teachers of a meaningful life to the broad society.
I want those confronting a mental illness to become teachers of a meaningful life to the broad society. We have profound experiences worthy of dissemination, lessons needed by all. Mental illness, thus, will become a source of wisdom and not a mark of shame. Together we will move beyond stigma, move beyond complacence, and champion the benefit and recognition of the mental health community.
I envision the use of philosophy, personality type, and spiritual wisdom, as vehicles for personal growth. Through advocacy and partnerships, we will unite spiritual leaders and mental health professionals with the scientific community, developing a culture of inclusion and advancement for the mentally ill. With the tools and experiences in our repertoire, we will service the mental health community, their families, and the broader society to bridge the emotional gap between us.