May: Mental Health Awareness Month

May is mental health awareness month. I figured it was important to share some information with everyone that I haven’t shared before.
 
I found some statistics on the National Alliance on Mental Illness:
  • 8 million adults experience a mental illness
  • 10 million adults experience a serious mental illness
  • 2 million adults have a mental health and addiction disorder
  • 26% of homeless adults staying in shelters have serious mental disorders.
  • 24% of state prisoners have a recent history of mental health condition.
  • Depression is leading cause of disability worldwide.
  • Mental illness costs American $193.2 billion in lost earnings every year.
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in U.S.
  • 20% of 13-18 year old live with a mental health condition.
  • 11% of youth have a mood disorder.
  • Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in youth ages 10-24.
 
Remember your illness does not define you but your strength and courage does. People tend to judge because they may not see something physically wrong with you. They didn’t see you crying yourself to sleep or the struggle it took to get up and get ready for the day.
 
One of my favorite quotes is by Martin Luther King Jr. “Never, Never be afraid to do what’s right especially if the well-being of a person or animal is a stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”
 
For those who are lucky enough to NOT have a mental illness:
  • You should consider yourself lucky because 1 out of 4 of us do.
  • You need to educate yourself before you judge someone.
  • Just because you have a mental illness doesn’t mean you are weak.
  • Not everyone will need medication, sometimes therapy is enough.
  • Alcohol and drugs make it worse.
  • Mental illness is real and just like cancer it can’t be seen.
  • Mental illness is treatable but the longer you wait, the worse it gets.
  • You can’t just “snap out of it”
 
I have a chemical imbalance in my brain that I did not ask for but I will not be silent. I will overcome this and continue to advocate for others ❤
 
Everyone is here for a reason DON’T GIVE UP!!
 
Disclaimer: I do not own the rights to this picture. I am not a medical professional, if you are having a medical emergency please contact 911 immediately. This post is for informational purposes only. If you believe you have a medical issue contact your local medical provider.

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