Saturday, December 18, 2010

Understand My Sorrow Challenge

Perpetual Challenge - No Time Limit

Lilly at Reading Extravaganza is hosting a perpetual challenge called Understand My Sorrow. She writes:

Depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder.

I could go on and on. These are very real and very painful illnesses, and yet they are one of the most neglected, misunderstood, ignored and stigmatized ones as well. These are demons that destroy lives, break human spirits and annihilate happiness. Millions of people struggle with them, fight daily battles. Some are lost and some are won. I hope that one day none will be lost and that's why I decided to host this reading challenge. The purpose of it is to increase awareness and understanding of a mental illness. In my small way I wish to help people see through the stereotypes and the fog of ignorance surrounding the serious medical conditions under an umbrella of mental illness. These conditions are deadly when untreated and more often than not still pose a risk of death after a person receives proper medical treatment. The statistics are frightening and below I am providing you with a couple of links so you can read for yourselves.

The only requirement is that you read a minimum of one book on the subjects provided below.
  • Depression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
So, you have to read a minimum of four (4) books, one on each subject, either fiction or non-fiction (any format is fine: graphic novel, e-book, audio, etc.).

Lilly wants this challenge to spark discussion and wants readers to let her know when they read a book which evoke strong emotions. She is encouraging participants to write a guest posts or share on their own blogs.

You do not have to be a blogger to join in. If you don't have a blog, leave Lilly a comment on the post about the challenge.

To learn more (including getting some reading suggestions for the challenge) and to join, visit the post about the challenge.