In the US alone:
Every year, one in five adults experience a mental illness.
One in twenty adults experience a serious mental illness.
Fifty percent of mental illnesses begin by age fourteen.
The average delay between the onset of mental illness and treatment is ELEVEN YEARS.
People experiencing depression have a 40% higher risk of developing cardiovascular and metabolic disease than the general population.
In 2020, 32.1% of adults experiencing mental illness also experienced a substance use disorder.
October 10 is World Mental Health Day, asking for attention to be drawn to what has historically been known as a silent struggle for generations of people.
Seeking out help from a Mental Health Professional is NO different from going to your physical doctor for your checkup or taking your car in for service when the check engine light is on. Yet, social and cultural stigma has plagued and embarrassed those that experience mental illness for decades.
Some easy things to do to help yourself are:
Move your body. Exercise. Ride a bike. Go for a walk. Our bodies are designed to be mobile, not to sit at desks all day. It’s good to break a little sweat each day if you can.
Spend some of that exercise time in nature. Go for a walk in the woods or in a park. Sit under a tree for a while if you can. Just be quiet as you walk or bike through the woods and see what you can hear.
Eat well. That doesn’t mean a Big Mac. That means eat seasonal and locally grown foods as often as you can. Avoid dairy, especially as you age. Experiment and see for yourself, how you feel when you eat heavy and how you feel when you eat lighter.
Its time to end the stigma and the struggle.
Emergency Contact information is below:
Crisis Text Line
Text MHFA to 741741 to speak with a trained crisis counselor.
Mental Health America offers compiled lists of help resources in both telephone and text at https://www.mhanational.org/get-involved/contact-us
In Southeastern Michigan, Common Ground offers lifelines for crisis and suicide prevention, Urgent Care Clinicians, and has an online Resource and Crisis Center. Visit https://commongroundhelps.org
Lastly, reach out to psychologytoday.com or your local Hospitals for contact information for Mental Health support in your area.
Its never too late for the rest of your life.
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