Our Renewable Organ is Not Yet Discovered

Oct 05, 2021

My earliest memory of October 10th was in the 80s when my mom expected my new baby sister by C-section. A surgery date needed to be decided upon, and I made the undeniable declaration that it would be September 9th (9/9). As my mother folded laundry, I remember her calmly saying, your sister will not be ready to come out then; it's too early. I didn't see that coming and was a bit alarmed. My birthday is December 12th (12/12) and my other sister's birthday is on June 6th (6/6), so of course, the baby had to follow our family pattern.  

 

I reluctantly adjusted in my mind thinking 6-9-12 is the best combination but said ok, October 10th (10/10) would work. Mom smiled and said that the date was too late; she needed to come out sooner. I remember going back and forth a bit, but mom wasn't budging; my new sister was going to mess it all up.  

 

When the day finally came, she was born at 10:10 in the morning. I was pretty relieved, thinking she was meant for us after all. 

 

The first World Mental Health Day (10/10) was observed years later, in 1992. Now, as a brain health coach, I advocate for the day differently. I look forward to the day when not only the stigma of mental health is dissolved, but the actual organ responsible for mental health is recognized by our doctors. Brain health is mental health, and we need to look at the organ we are treating.  

 

Just think, how effective would it would if your dentist didn't know the exact tooth that ached. Or an orthopedic who didn't know which bone broke. 

 

As I look over the World Mental Health Day across the years, I wonder when the "Brain" will make its debut.   

 

  • 1994 Improving the Quality of Mental Health Services throughout the World
  • 1995 Many international events were reported to the WFMH Secretariat from around the world, but no theme was designated 
  • 1996 Women and Mental Health
  • 1997 Children and Mental Health
  • 1998 Mental Health and Human Rights
  • 1999 Mental Health and Ageing
  • 2000-2001 Mental Health and Work
  • 2002 The Effects of Trauma and Violence on Children & Adolescents
  • 2003 Emotional and Behavioural Disorders of Children & Adolescents
  • 2004 The Relationship Between Physical & Mental Health: co-occurring disorders
  • 2005 Mental and Physical Health Across the Life Span
  • 2006 Building Awareness – Reducing Risk: Mental Illness & Suicide
  • 2007 Mental Health in A Changing World: The Impact of Culture and Diversity
  • 2008 Making Mental Health a Global Priority: Scaling up Services through Citizen Advocacy and Action
  • 2009 Mental Health in Primary Care: Enhancing Treatment and Promoting Mental Health
  • 2010 Mental Health and Chronic Physical Illnesses
  • 2011 The Great Push: Investing in Mental Health
  • 2012 Depression: A Global Crisis
  • 2013 Mental Health and Older Adults
  • 2014 Living with Schizophrenia
  • 2015 Dignity in Mental Health
  • 2016 Psychological and Mental Health First Aid
  • 2017 Mental Health in the Workplace
  • 2018 Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World
  • 2019 Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention
  • 2020 Mental Health for All, Greater Investment – Greater Access
  • 2021 Mental Health in an Unequal World

 

Are you familiar with the 1975 movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest based on the 1962 novel? Hollywood makes an incredible impression on shaping our thinking and beliefs.

 

To lift the stigma of mental health being a personality or character flaw, we need to shine the light on the brain. It's the root cause of why we think, feel and act the way we do. And each of our brains is as unique as the personalities you encounter each day because it is one and the same.  

 

 

I want to shine a light on the point in time when we discovered our brain's plasticity, a renewable organ! Neuroscientists now know that the brain's structure and function are no longer fixed throughout adulthood but can radically change, creating immense hope and health for our future.  

 

In honor of World Mental Health Day, please share the news that you and your loved ones are not stuck with the mental health they have today.  

 

Take Good Care,

Daneen

 

 

 

 

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