Bloggy mates, I promise to post something bright and cheery soon - but this won't be it! However, I suggest that this will be an experience you won't forget.
Unless you, your family or your friends are among the one in four of those who have had a bout of mental illness in their lives, you won't know much about it. Or, at least you won't be able to fully empathise with a person who has had a brush with psychosis.
Mel is a young Australian girl who was dux of her school until psychosis struck seven years ago. Since then, her life has never been the same.
A little while ago Mel met a presenter from the Australian Broadcasting Commission's youth radio station Triple J and told her story on video. It's an absolute blow-out.
Judge for yourself: http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/media/s2675898.htm
Come back after you watch and leave a comment on your feelings ...
Also, bloggy mates, please spare a thought for Mel's parents and all of those families confronted by these problems.
And if you know anyone affected personally, you may like to contact the Hearing Voices Network website.
The head office is in Manchester England: http://www.hearing-voices.org/. The NSW Australia group established by Mel's father also has a site: http://www.mmha.org.au/information/news-items/launch-of-the-hearing-voices-network-of-nsw/
How did you feel after this experience?
You may feel a little hollow right now, but I'd wager that you feel, as I do, that we understand many of our fellow human beings a lot better now.