I am here because mental health matters. Nearly one in five adults living within the United States suffer from some type of mental illness. The largest group of sufferers is young adults, with 22% reporting a mental illness. But what disturbs me the most, is that only around 40% of suffering adults received treatment. Almost 50% of adolescents, ages 13-18, had reported some kind of mental disorder. A large part of America is struggling daily with mental health issues, yet under half of them have received treatment.
Let’s Talk About Mental Health
I don’t put those numbers out there as an alarm but rather as a way to open up a discussion. We have made great improvements within our society in terms of breaking down walls during discussions of mental health. Unfortunately, we’re not completely barrier-free yet. It’s become trendy to claim you need “self-care” when you go home to take a bubble bath and have a glass of wine. People freely diagnose themselves and those around them as depressed, O.C.D., or A.D.H.D. While it is easy to dismiss the quirks of others this way, those are serious disorders that involve a serious amount of strength. We should pay more attention to what we say because those are our neighbors, friends, relatives, and co-workers who laugh along while we armchair diagnose ourselves.
What I’m Here To Do
I’m not here to demonize anyone or to wag my finger at anyone. I’m only here to educate. I noticed several of my friends and co-workers struggling with depression, anxiety, and toxic environments. I want to help and education is one of the ways I can help. My dream for this blog is for its visitors to feel more empowered about their mental health or the mental health of those they love. I want to educate, share tips and encouragement, and be part of the movement to de-stigmatize mental illness. Mental health is my passion.
We Are More Than a DSM Code
I understand what most of you are going through because I have been there, and am still there, myself. I struggle almost daily with depression, anxiety, grief, and post-traumatic stress disorder. I am an abuse survivor. But I’m also so much more than my diagnoses. I’m a friend and a fierce mother. I’m an avid coffee drinker and I’m grumpy in the mornings. I’m a college educated woman and I work hard to achieve my dreams. Just like you, I am not defined by my diagnosis or symptoms. Just like you, I want to know as much as I can about what makes me behave and react the way I do. I aim to improve the discussion surrounding mental illness so our children have a chance at a better future.
I Hope You Stay Awhile
My desire is that you find a moment to breathe while you’re here. Here you will be able to find information and resources to help you manage your mental wellness. I encourage you to browse through topics that seem unfamiliar to you and ask questions when you don’t understand. I don’t claim to know everything but I will do my absolute best to find the best answer for you. Mental health matters and I’m here to prove that.