Is The Superhero? Save Lives? Essay

1529 Words May 2nd, 2016 7 Pages
Have you ever wanted to be a superhero? To save lives? To really help people? Well, sadly, we’re not all rich enough to have an Iron-Man style suit. And if you’re bitten by a spider you probably won’t begin to climb walls like Spiderman. But you can still save lives. In a sense, I’m a superhero. I’ve stayed up whole nights, missed classes, let all my plans fall through, and even sacrificed my safety and well being to help people. I’m no Superman, mind you. And I’m not a doctor or lifeguard or anything along those lines either. But I still have saved a lot of people. I saved them from themselves. I’ve saved people from feeling so alone that all they can do is stare blankly at a wall for hours. I’ve saved them from taking too many pills or none at all. I’ve saved them from a potential trip back to the Lindner Center of Hope. I’ve saved them from throwing up all the food they’ve eaten, I’ve saved them from spiraling into a panic attack, I’ve saved them from running away from home. I’ve saved people from taking their own lives, and that in itself has got to be a superpower. Society needs to increase awareness of mental illnesses and start taking action to help those who have them.

Before getting deeper into this topic, an understanding of what mental illnesses are is necessary. This information is directly from the National Alliance on Mental Illness website, and it gives somewhat of an introduction to mental illnesses.They wrote, “A mental illness is a condition that…

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