Hi all, I know.. I know I haven’t published anything in months. I have definitely been slacking but I am currently in the process of coming up with a posting schedule. I’m slowly learning that it’s all about consistency. Today, wordpress reminded me that two years ago my blog was born! Starting this blog was something I talked about doing for months. I’d share post after post on Instagram describing how I wanted to start one… and finally one of my followers/supporters commented, “Just start your blog already!” His comment was the extra motivation I needed.
Tuesday, October 10th is World Mental Health Day and if you’ve been following my blog you’ll know that spreading awareness on mental health is something that’s important to me. I have several posts in which I’ve discussed my mental health and also opened up about dealing with suicide but just to give you all some background information I have bipolar 1 disorder and anxiety. I’ll leave the link to those posts at the end of this for any of you wanting to read them.
What Is Mental Health?
Mentalhealth.gov defines this as our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It impacts how we feel, think, and act. It also influences how we deal with stress and make decisions. Mental health problems can affect anyone, mental illness does not discriminate. AGAIN…
Mental illness does not discriminate.
- 1 in 5 adults (43.8 million) in America experience mental illness.
- 1 in 25 adults (9.8 million) experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that interferes with major life activities.
- 1.1% (2.4 million) adults in the U.S. live with Schizophrenia
- 2.6% (6.1 million) adults in the U.S. live with Bipolar Disorder
- 6.9% (16 million) adults in the U.S. have had at least one major depressive episode.
- 1 in 5 youth ages 13-18 experiences a severe mental disorder at some point in their life.
- 11% of youth have a mood disorder
- 10% of youth have a behavior conduct disorder
- 8% of youth have an anxiety disorder
Aside from knowing the statistics here is a list of other things you should know about mental health and mental disorders.
- It’s ok not to be ok. I tell myself this at least once a week. I write often about how it’s ok to have a break down…to fall apart but remember to pick yourself back up. Allow yourself to feel pain instead of hiding it. Not being ok isn’t a sign of weakness.
- If you believe you’re struggling with a mental illness, talk to someone. Reach out for support. I know how terrifying this can be and I can honestly say all help is not good help but there are resources out there that can make a difference!
- EDUCATE YOURSELF–Do your research. I’m big on research, this can be me spending hours searching online, reading books, or talking to others. Sure, the doctors know a lot but in my personal experience, it’s always been worth getting out there and learning more.
- Back to reaching out for help. If you’re not struggling but know someone who is, be there for them. It could be that this person is just having a bad day, or it could be something they’ve been dealing with for awhile. Listen and learn what their thinking and feeling. Don’t be afraid to ask someone if they are thinking about killing themselves. If they are, do what you can to keep them safe and seek help if needed.
- Lastly, take care of yourself! Self-care is important whether or not you have a mental health condition. Although as someone who does, I know that when things start to get bad it gets harder for me to do what should be daily tasks such as showering or brushing my teeth. On those days, I do what I feel like I can.
I also want to add that it’s not always obvious that a person needs help. I feel like that’s what makes sharing this and having conversations about all things related to mental health more important.
My goal here is to educate and spread awareness because the stigma surrounding mental illness is very loud…but I believe those of us who fight against it are louder.
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