'Raising Awareness' is a worthy goal if the cause is obscure and one wants to let others know about it.
But we've all heard of breast cancer, surely. Throwing money at the pink ribbon industry for one month a year makes little difference. Donate that money directly to a research facility to get better value for money.
I agree with those above about the statuses that try to guilt you into sharing. I have little respect for people posting them. - kage
The part of your message that resonated with me is why people cannot see mental sickness the way we view physical sickness.
It's not a weakness when diagnosed with a severe physical illness, people are concerned and supportive and caring.
When a mental sickness is diagnosed, there is often an attitude of - buck up, get on with it, pull yourself together or much worse, friends disappearing altogether.
We all need to work a little harder to overcome these societal attitudes, and care for our friends and family a little more when they need us most.
Thank you for sharing your story, Adam. The more we know about mental sickness, and the better informed we all are, the sooner we will be able to empathise and help where we can. - Nel Matheson
brave , brave , brave boy ...well done , a perfect example of how to "man up" ...courage and strength to you although it would appear you are not short on either of those !Speaking the truth....often the conquerer of all evils! - fiona westall
Thanks Adam. You will have helped a lot of people by telling your story. I have a family member struggling through their first year of hospital admissions due to severe mania and severe depressive episodes. (They have lived most of their life without landing in hospital). Their description of being in hospital when severely depressed mirrors your description. I have seen people recover from Bipolar episodes. Lots of love and thanks. x - Anne
There's such a thing as a petition, and then theres the crap you see on the internets.
For parliament to consider a petition it needs to meet a number of specific criteria before it can be tabled in the house.
Simply clicking and sharing isn't petitioning its just confirming you're a twit.
Want to show you care? Get out and protest - personally. Don't outsource it to shysters like Get Up. - Alistair
Thankyou Adam for airing your story. Some people who don't believe we mere mortals may take more notice of your story as you are 'known' by your job etc. I suffer from depression and have done so for many years and am very annoyed when some of my friends say 'we all have down days - get over it' They just don't understand. All the best to you. I also saw that show wish Jessica Rowe and really felt for her trying to get her theory across but not being allowed to by those overtalking her. - Margaret Leigh
Adam, thank you for sharing your experience. Like you I have bipolar disorder which has affected me since a very early age. - probably 11yo. I agree with all you say about society's
need for education regarding mental health. Education explaining that it is a sickness of the brain. Yet I know even myself that I would hide it from an employer. I studied Pharmacy at university which is where I had my first major depressive episode. It still amazes me that I past my final exams and received my degree in Pharmacy. All the best for your future.
Julie - Julie
Thank you thank you thank you, for your courage in sharing your story- you are helping break down the very stigmas you speak of, paving the way for others to follow. I too was diagnosed with Bipolar in 2007 at the Black Dog Institute. The dx was life changing. There have been numerous ups and downs along the way but finally it all made sense. Melancholic depression is a dangerous, dark beast. It is unlike any other as far as severity and impact. To seek help once in that space isn't possible, & it's the wonderful support network around you that counts the most at that time. Please keep on keeping on, keep doing what you do best- creating interesting programming- & know that you have an army of supporters barracking for your success- not just professionally but personally. - Louise G
Thank you Adam for your brave contribution to a situation that many face but few feel they can voice. It's people like you who effect change for many. I wish you the very best and I'm proud that our industry has such great people in positions of influence. - Robin
Apolitical wife who suffered for Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela shared with his first wife, Evelyn, a passionate commitment to a cause. Unfortunately, it was not the same cause. Evelyn, who has died aged 82, was a Jehovah's Witness with no interest in politics.
As Mandela wrote in his autobiography, Long Walk To Freedom: "When I would tell her that I was serving the nation, she would reply that serving God was above serving the nation. A man and woman who hold such different views of their respective roles in life cannot remain close." Nevertheless, they were married for 13 years and had four children, one of whom died in infancy.
Apolitical though she was, Evelyn continued to pay the price of being a Mandela: the apartheid regime denied her a passport so she could not accompany her children to their private schools in neighbouring Swaziland. It was also Evelyn who had to find the money to pay their fees.
Born Evelyn Mase, in Engcobo, in the Transkei, she lost her father, a mineworker, while still a baby. Her mother died when Evelyn was 12, and she was sent to Soweto to join her brother, Sam, who was living with Mandela's great friend and mentor, Walter Sisulu (obituary, May 7 2003). Evelyn's mother and Walter's mother were sisters, and the families were very close. After high school in Soweto, Evelyn trained as a nurse.
It was in the early 1940s that she caught the eye of Mandela, then a frequent visitor to the Sisulu home. "She was a quiet, pretty girl, who did not seem overawed by the comings and goings," he wrote. They were married at the native commissioner's court in 1944, with Walter and Albertina Sisulu as witnesses. The wedding was a spartan affair because the couple could not afford a feast. Nor could they afford a home of their own, living first with her brother in Orlando East and then with her sister. Their first child, Thembi, was born a year later.
As Mandela became more involved with the ANC, he spent less and less time at home. Martin Meredith, in his biography of Mandela, claims he had affairs. In 1952, Evelyn spent several months in Durban training to become a midwife, while her husband's mother and sister took care of the children. Meredith reports that Evelyn returned to find Mandela's secretary installed in her home. Evelyn, a tough woman, threatened to throw boiling water over her and the woman left the house, but the affair continued.
Evelyn was never reconciled to living in Johannesburg. She wanted the family to return to the Transkei, where Mandela could take his place in the local Xhosa aristocracy. But it was her religious activities that caused the most trouble between them. The loss of her first daughter, Makaziwe, devastated Evelyn, and when another daughter, also named Makaziwe, was born in 1954, she took it as a sign from God and became a Jehovah's Witness.
The house became a battleground between religion and politics, with the children as cannon fodder. Evelyn took them to church and made them sell the Watchtower magazine around Soweto. Mandela lectured them on politics. Sisulu tried to intervene, but was told by a furious Mandela that he no longer loved his wife.
Evelyn gave him an ultimatum: choose between me and the ANC. It was no contest, and she and the children moved out. Shortly afterwards, Mandela met Winnie Madikizela, who became his second - and much more high-profile - wife in 1958.
Evelyn returned with the children to Cofimvaba, in the Eastern Cape, where she opened a grocery store. Tragedy struck again in 1969 when her oldest son, Thembi, was killed in a road accident. Mandela, by then serving life imprisonment on Robben Island, wrote of his pain at not being allowed to attend his son's funeral. He wrote, he said, to Evelyn, to do his best to comfort her.
She remained a Mandela until 1998, when she married a fellow Jehovah's Witness and retired Sowetan businessman, Simon Rakeepile. She is survived by her daughter Makaziwe, and her son Makgatho.
· Evelyn Rakeepile, born 1922; died April 30 2004
From the Gardian. - Tone May