Starting a dialogue about mental illness is imperative to growth, awareness, discovery and eventually prevention. We can no longer sweep it under the rug because it can be uncomfortable to discuss. Thankfully, there are many organizations, forums, and programs that are bringing to light the stigmas surrounding mental health. WE create the stigmas, so WE can destroy them too. Did you know….. - 1 in 4 people suffer some sort of mental illness. So if it isn’t you, it will be someone in your family, your friends, or your workplace. - 20% of youth (ages 13-18) live with a mental health condition.
More than 2/3 of North Americans who have a mental illness live in the community and lead productive lives. - Mental illnesses can affect people of any age, race, religion, or income. It is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, and ability to relate to others and daily functioning. - Serious mental illnesses include: major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and borderline personality disorder.
If you feel you have a mental illness, or you have questions surrounding mental health, reach out to qualified individuals who are ready to help. The worst thing we can do is keep silent about it. We are one world, one family. We can and will look after each other. We can change how we view mental health, and in doing so, we can become whole.
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