Mental Health Awareness
This past week of May has been Mental health awareness week which is something very close to my heart. I feel that the mental health stigma in this day and age is really sad. We claim to live in a modern world yet we do not accept an illness that affects 450 million people. This last week I have been speaking to many people who have a mental illness and the stories of what they have gone through is heart breaking. I spoke to two people who have been discriminated by their bosses because of their mental illnesses.
I asked my lovely followers some questions about mental health and this is what the results were.
- Do you have a mental illness
- 80% said yes
- Are you getting professional help?
- 100% said no
- Do you feel you can ask for help?
- 60% said no
These were such sad results, why is it that we do not feel safe to ask for help? I do not have the answer and I just hope that one day there will be an answer.
My plan was to share some stories for this post but after speaking to some people we feel that people actually listen better when they have facts thrown at them. I am going to share some very sad facts about mental health with you today. I hope that when I write this post next year these facts will have improved.
- suicide accounts for over 800 000 deaths a year
- 20% of youth under 14 have a mental illness
- depression is the leading cause of disability in the world
- 40% of youth will have a mental break by the time they are 19
Sad mental health quotes
“our brains are sick but thats okay because our grades are more important anyway”
“the bravest thing i have ever done is continue living when i wanted to die”
We ask that you think before you speak about our mental illness, it is not something we can just get over.