You’re Only Human

Like me, you’re only human, so why don’t we focus on our commonalities and work towards a better mental health care system for all?

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While we may be living in troubled and unprecedented times, there are yet, some saving graces. Chief among them, is the amazing power of the internet. Although the World Wide Web has its menacing dark side, it’s like a human in a way, it has its good sides too.

An example of it’s the good side is the amazing tech of the video chat. I’m a kid from the 80s, so this was not yet an option for decades. However, in the collective minds of children everywhere, the idea that we could talk to each other through “the TV?” was thousands of years into the future.; so we thought “Now, that would be so cool.” My ten-year-old self said this a lot.

While visions of a futuristic world danced in our young heads, we also, disappointingly, I might add, were convinced that we would never see the tech in our lifetime… I can recall saying “I hope I live long enough to see humans talking on the TV screen”. Now, “talking on the TV” is as common as picking up the phone.

The good side of tech

For me, being a mental health advocate and wellness coach, I’m no stranger to a great back and forth. of video. But what I love about it most, is that I get to meet and help others from all over the world. Seeing the binary world through ones and zeros is amazing. Equally amazing, is its ability to help us learn all about different cultures and customs.

Even though one can use this tech to teach us themselves so much about our differences; from India to the Netherlands; I think it’s true superpower is showing us our commonalities. I can’t help but think of what we could accomplish if we understood that we are all part of one huge family, the human family. Perhaps one day, the power of video will unite us all…

We are only human

While on my own Road To Mental Wellness, I have had the opportunity to meet a lot of people. This beautiful blue ball we are on, is not only teaming with life, but human culture as well; a fact that always amazes me. Even so, what I find even more amazing is what all humans have in common. Everyone, regardless of where they are from, have hopes and dreams; a need to be loved and heard; stability, food, clothing, and shelter. These are all universal human desires.

Sadly, there are many other universal truths about humans. One being our seemingly innate desire to harm one another. Whether its physical or emotional, it can lead some to their death. Another tragic commonality is mental illness. Even before COVID-19, millions of people worldwide were suffering with one form of it or another. If that weren’t bad enough, since COVID-19 began just over a year ago, the globe has seen a troubling rise in mental health conditions.

Depression is not a race or culture specific problem _ WHO

A great example of the sadder side of our human family, is mental illnesses, like depression. Regardless of where you live, chances are you will know someone with it. While this may be true, I do see a silver lining in the dark clouds of mental illness. Firstly, it’s ok to have depression, no matter where you are from, you’re only human after all…. Just take care of yourself.

Secondly, another thing I see that could be a game changer is, well, us, the mentally ill. If no one is immune, then let’s embrace our illnesses and fight for a better mental health care system for all… We can do this! After all, there’s strength in numbers. From one side of the earth to the other, we can help one another get through our darkest days; It starts by realizing that, not matter where you’re from, your only human and thus worthy of love and compassion.

If you are struggling, please go here for help: Talk Suicide Canada

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Jonathan Arenburg

Jonathan Reginald-Nixon Arenburg (Born January 14, 1976) is a Canadian mental health blogger, speaker, and published author. Retired from the fire service and long-term care fields, he has written and self-published an autobiographical account of his life-long battle with anxiety, depression and more recently, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Titled, The Road To Mental Wellness, he wrote it for what he calls “therapeutic release.” He published it in hopes it would help others going through similar mental health conditions. The sales of The Road To Mental Wellness have been steady selling over 300 copies since its release on October 10, 2021(World Mental Health Day). Arenburg has also been involved in a collaborative publication Called Lemonade Stand Volume III, a book featuring 20 authors who bravely tell their stories of PTSD. All authors where from the military and or emergency services. Published by Joshua Rivedal and Kathleen Myers for the i’Mpossible project, a mental health advocacy organization. Jonathan has also appeared on several mental health podcasts including The Depression Files, A New Dawn, and The Above Ground Podcast Arenburg has also consulted with the Government of Nova Scotia and the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, the Honorable Brian Comer and Candidates for the New Democratic Party of Canada, on improving the mental health care system in Canada. Additionally, Jonathan was recognized in The Nova Scotia Legislature by the Honorable, Chris Palmer, Kings-North MLA, for his Book, The Road To Mental Wellness, his fight to make the mental health care system better. In addition, Chis acknowledged the support he gives to others.

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