Some Thoughts About Passion For Causes

A couple of weeks ago I gave a shoutout to some passionate people on twitter..

A few minutes later it dawned on me; the serious passion of people on social media. There are so many people whose tweets, blogs, and other posts just ooze passion out of their work. This is just a small sample of people looking to make a difference in this world.

In a recent social work twitter chat about increasing our involvement in politics, I imaged what would happen if we were really all together in same room. Oh the work we could have do. I am seeing awesome pieces of action taking place all over the world. Social work is just the beginning. I have connected with so many other people from various walks of life and disciplines. From those who receive services to those who manage them. One thing I can say there is a lot of passion out there.

If you follow me on twitter, in the last week I have been busy following a few conferences. First the American Association of Suicidology (#aas15) and then The National Council of Behavioral Health (#NatCon15). The energy and passion for people attempting to prevent suicide and change the conversation about mental health was amazing. It just oozed out of the tweets.

People are not happy with the status quo; people want things to change. I think this is where passion comes from. That moment when you say “this is not right” and “something needs to change”. Seems like there is true innovation happening and I am inspired by people having these moments. People have created business, books, articles, talks, etc due to these moments. These moments appear to be spurning action and fighting the stigma of mental health. I am excited to continue to connect with people with this type of passion. It motivates and inspires me and I hope it does the same to you.

What else drives YOUR passion for a cause?

 

Sean 🙂

 

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3 thoughts on “Some Thoughts About Passion For Causes

  1. You asked in this particular blog what drives MY passion for the my particular cause. In fact we both have something in common and that is to end the stigma of mental illness. I am a peer support specialist. As you may or may not know a peer support specialist is someone who has lived experience with mental illness. Granted our roles in the mental health world as “professionals” are different, we have the same goals and objectives. For me being an example of what recovery looks likes is why I am a peer specialist. I am passionate about showing others that recovery is possible and that there is hope. That in itself is important to help fight stigma however I like to educate others on mental illness. That’s why I started my blog to educate others on mental illness. Unfortunately, it’s not going in that exact direction I want it to in the way of the education part, I am in away educating those without mental illness that those who have one can be productive members of society. You as a social worker, know that and I’m sure encourages it. As you can tell, I am passionate about recovery and the hope it brings as well as the education part of mental illness because I too, want to stop the stigma that goes along with mental illness.

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    1. Thanks for your thoughtful comment and your work as a peer specialist. I am a firm believer of this work. In fact, wrote a blog post about how licensed mental health professionals and peer support professionals can work more together (http://wp.me/p4sjb2-BB). I will have to check out more of your posts but it is the message of hope that matter most. So much stigma is attached to the lack education and fact that mental wellness is not that easy for some but possible. Great comments. Thanks,
      Sean

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