Some of you may already know this but this is Mental Health Awareness week. Instead of me talking about my depression and anxiety (click here to read), I would like to give you a little information.
- Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences a mental illness in a year.
- Approximately 1 in 5 youth (13–18) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life.
- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.
This is something that affects so many people in this world but is never spoken about. People feel that having a mental health issue is something to be ashamed of and it is not. Mental health issues can be caused from genetics, an accident or traumatic event, stress, and so on and so on. You cannot control if you get a mental health disease; just as you cannot control if you are born with a heart disease.
You may not have a mental health issue but you probably know someone who does. Learn about what they need, how you can help, and/or how they are really feeling. You can impact the people around you by just listening.
If you are someone who feels like they or someone they know may need some help, please reach out. Speak to a friend, parent, counselor, or anyone you feel safe talking to. There are so many websites for you to use to contact for free help. Please use the links below.
I want to challenge every one of my readers to do research. Ask questions and get informed. THEN, post one thing you learned that you found out that you didn’t know before.
As always, us as mothers have a force inside us like no other. We can go to hell and back and still manage to tuck our little ones into bed every night.
Links for help:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1‑800‑273‑TALK (8255) or Live Online Chat
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- I am not a doctor but I can listen to your stories and try to help the best I can.