This is precisely what the mentally ill need. Not so much to "have their stories heard", as I often hear touted, but to be told that they are not alone, that they matter, even if they are not altogether understood. The pain is real, even if the stories don't make sense (hey, they don't call us "crazy" for nothing). "Telling our stories" usually just leads to frustrating misunderstanding and dismissal, which is the opposite of not being alone and mattering.
Outbursts of violence, against oneself or against others, are the result of this alienation.
It's time to Light It Up Blue!
Today is World Autism Awareness Day, and millions of people across the globe are wearing blue to show those living with autism spectrum disorder that they're not alone. Thanks for pledging to be one of them!
The clock is ticking, so don't waste a minute:
Put on something blue, whether it's a t-shirt, a pin, a ribbon, or your favorite blue suede shoes -- then forward this email to remind your friends and family to join you.
You can also be a part of this global movement for autism awareness by turning your Facebook profile picture blue, tweeting a message of support using #LIUB, or snapping a selfie in your best blue gear. (Or, better yet -- all three!)
The most important thing is to stand with this community, whatever that means for you.
Don't forget to wear blue today, and then forward this email to make sure your friends do the same.
Thanks for helping us shine the brightest possible light on autism this World Autism Awareness Day!