The video I watched was one that made me tear up but also laugh. The speaker, Ruby Wax, put humor into her speech and made me think deeper into the topic that she was discussing. “What once made you happy, now makes you insane”, is just one of the quotes that stood out to me while watching the Ted video, “Ruby Wax: What’s so funny about mental illness?” It took me a while to figure out which video I was going to pick, actually I watched probably 6 different videos. But after all the tragic that my family had been through in the past day and a half, this video stuck out to me. Ruby Wax described that the things that once made us happy are now making us insane. My uncle and aunt experience once again what it’s like to have something that makes you happy, now makes you insane, thy have worked so hard after the Atlas storm to get back on their feet just to watch a devastating tornado ruin their home, horses, equipment, and ranch. Ruby also said that while she was in the hospital suffering from depression, people would tell her to perk up, well let me tell you after witnessing not only my family but also the ranchers around them who could slowly fall in to depression, it’s not that they need to “perk up”, it’s that they need support, love, prayers, and HELP!
This fits into education as well. As teachers, we don’t always know what our students are going through but we always try to tell them to “perk up”, well sometimes the student you told that to wished it was that easy. Now I am not saying that this is true all the time, but who’s to judge? Mental illness is a wide range of mental health conditions. These disorders can affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Some of the common illnesses are depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and addictive behaviors. As you can see not all these illnesses, not all of them can be spotted by looking at the victim. But yet we think we can. Instead of telling someone to “perk up”, how about we ask them if there’s anything we can do or it can be as simply as being a listening ear.
In conclusion, be there for the students around you and for your students, because you aren’t in their shows, nor do you know what they are going through.
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