In the last two years, I believe every American has experienced a mental health episode of some kind, whether because of the pandemic, employee burnout, or the downturn in the global economy.
Mental health needs more sunlight, more openness, and more unashamed conversation.
In 2019 I started experiencing mental health issues. Thanks to organizations like the ones below, I was able to find resources.
It’s now 2022, and as mental health-related deaths continue to increase, we must openly discuss and normalize how it impacts our lives. I learned some alarming facts about mental health that motivated me to get help.
- More than 43 million Americans struggle with mental illness.
- 1 in 5 young people (age 13–18) has or will develop a mental illness in their lifetime.
- Youth depression rates have risen from 5.9% to 8.2% since 2012. Depression symptoms can impact performance in school and interfere with personal relationships.
- Most Americans lack access to adequate mental health treatment. For example, 56% of American adults with mental illness did not receive care last year.
- Many factors contribute to developing a mental health condition, including life experiences (such as trauma or a history of abuse), biological factors, and family history of mental illness.
- Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.
I owe a lot of my personal growth to speaking about my issues. I found out that many of my friends were actively going to therapy or had in the past. This validation was the push I needed to seek professional help, and I’m grateful I did. The path to happiness will never be easy, which helped my growth. Many young adults with so much life ahead of them don’t get the opportunity to improve.
Former Miss USA Cheslie Kryst Dies at 30. Ms. Kryst, a correspondent for the television show “Extra,” was found dead on Sunday in New York.
I advocate mental health and the importance of mental health awareness. However, things have become more complex with social media, remote work, and increased use in the digital world.
We all have that voice in our heads, and it’s not always positive. Everyone has a story, and no one is perfect.
We all have that voice, and it’s not always positive. Everyone has a story, and no one is perfect. Have you ever had a conversation with your parents or grandparents, and they didn’t understand?
As modern technology speeds up, our society becomes more complex. As Mark speaks in the above video, the world will be very different in 25 years.
I like to keep my stories short and sweet, so I’ll end with three brands with excellent products that support mental health awareness. I buy these products instead of helping other brands because change starts with you. Join in!
To Write Love On Her Arms is a nonprofit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and invest directly in treatment and recovery.
MSYFA's story starts in the glow of a reality TV show. A question rang out through the drama and tears of the people on-screen — “where are their friends, and why aren’t they helping?” By the time the episode ends, Make sure your friends are okay. I was born to create a community supporting growth and understanding in real-life friendships and bringing drama and tears to an overdue end.