Let’s not deny flowers, sympathy and support to people with a mental illness

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Mental illnesses are like any other illnesses – the only difference is that they are illnesses of the brain instead of the body. Are they really so different from heart disease, diabetes and asthma? Yet, the tradition of bringing flowers, showing sympathy and support provided to people with physical illnesses, are missing here. Why deny them the same sympathy and empathy?


When treated appropriately and early, many people manage to recover. A mental illness is like many physical illnesses that require ongoing treatment – like diabetes and heart disease which can be managed enabling an individual to participate in everyday life. 

Some people have only one episode of mental illness and manage to recover completely, but, for our son, it recurred throughout his life and required ongoing treatment.


We understood that the causes were unclear. Stress, bereavement, the breakdown of a relationship or unemployment, can be the trigger. Many individuals explain away a mental illness as a ‘nervous breakdown’ rather than chance becoming branded as being ‘mentally ill.’



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About Jill

Author of books and articles on support and experiences of living with a mentally ill family member. My aim in blogging is to let others see how a loving family, with a father and husband who is able to give unconditional love, can help the family cope. Many call me the blogging grandma.'

2 thoughts on “Let’s not deny flowers, sympathy and support to people with a mental illness

  1. Sara Jacobovici

    Jill, your title says it all. It’s a shame that a byproduct of stigma is denying the person with mental illness human contact such as through the act of sending flowers. I am unable to take on any commitments right now, but I would love to see a partnership with florists that says “People with mental illness deserve our support too!”


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