Over 40 million Americans struggle with a mental health illness and it’s important to talk about how impactful mental health can be on our lives and our loved ones lives.
Unfortunately, we see tragic stories in the news about suicides, addiction, and other mental health struggles. Now more than ever, it’s time to be transparent and talk about how we truly think and feel instead of keeping it inside. There can be many individuals surrounding you that deal with depression or anxiety on a daily basis, and these diseases can be so debilitating that it seems impossible to function. Many people are starting to speak out about their struggles and become more open, and this will only help others relate to the common issues. This can then fortunately lead to more and more treatment being sought out.
Mental health knows no boundaries, and people of all races and ethnicities can be severely affected. In the United States, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, and suicidal thoughts can be stemmed from severe depression, which is a mood disorder. As a society, we can do better to try and help our loved ones by constantly checking in on them when you know that they suffer from a mental health illness. Introducing a loved one to treatment will completely change their lives for the better. It’s important to be proactive about mental health with your friends and family.
Many of these mental health conditions and diseases can bring about symptoms in the teenage years and there could be a traumatic experience that sparks the onset of any mental health disease. Understanding that effective treatment is attainable is crucial before it becomes too late. Seeking weekly therapy can help tremendously by allowing yourself to be honest about your feelings and you will learn how to manage your symptoms.
Talking about our daily struggles is a freeing feeling, and it’s time to tackle this growing issue in this country head-on. With access to mental health facilities everywhere throughout the country, we can start to treat the many individuals who need it.