You wouldn't know it because of the way we talk about mental health in this country -- the way we shame and mock each disorder, each symptom, each call for help. As a society, we have made a serious health condition something that is easier to hide than to address.
This is the first blog in our newest series as we count down to the darkest day of the year: the winter solstice. Over the next few weeks, we will be featuring some of the brightest lights of hope in our community -- the true shooting stars in our field.
President Jimmy Carter is best known as a former president of the United States. What many may not know is that in addition to his achievement as a Nobel Peace Prize winner, he has also forged immense efforts to fight diseases worldwide.
I now see images of children nurturing smoky embers for morning fires, of drinking mysterious teas in cramped huts with a tiny, single source of light and fresh air, and of a mother sweaty with fieldwork leaning heavily on a hoe to balance the baby wrapped tightly to her back.
Achieving the elimination of blinding trachoma in 2015 in Mali and Niger will reinforce the promise of global elimination for 2020 and can save the sight of thousands of children and adults. It can also serve as one of the greatest tributes to Helen Keller's legacy the world has ever seen.
In his inaugural speech, Carter included the words from Micah: "He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God."