I mentioned I wanted to focus on mental health and a few of you agreed and wanted to dig deeper.
So here we go!
I’m going to do a short series on Mental Health Issues.
……But First the Facts.
Mental Health: Includes emotional, psychological, and social well being. This affects how we think, feel and it also helps determine how we handle stressful situations and make decisions in a moment of chaos.
- 1/5 adults experience mental health issues
- 1/10 young adults suffer from mental health issues
- 1/25 Americans live with severe or chronic mental health issues (I.E. Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or chronic and manic depression.)
Suicides are the 10th leading cause of death in the United States stealing 41,000 lives each year.
Only 3-5% of Violent crimes are mental health related. In fact people with Mental Health issues are 10 times more likely to be victims of violent crimes.
You may know someone with mental health issues and not even know it, because most people who struggle with mental health are active and productive members of the community. In fact most employers have reported when they hire employees with mental health issues they are more eager to learn, have better quality of work, and better attendance. Speaking from experience its because we like staying busy and tied up instead of locked down by our thoughts and roller coaster of emotions.
Many of us assume mental health issues can be turned of by a light switch, we should be able to pull ourselves out of the rut we are in. However, a lot of times it could be biological factors like genetics, in my case physical illness, (i.e. PCOS, Hypothyroidism. and other auto immune diseases) Injuries, Brain damage, life history, and other life factors.
I’m going to get personal next week and dive into my own mental health issues i dealt with the last few years. I hope to even share my story and let one person know they aren’t alone than not share it. I think its important to talk about even though we often sweep this under the rug. Mental Health is the Big Pink Elephant in the room that no one wants to mention, but it needs to be addressed for we are creating families and passing the generational curses down to our innocent babies. If we want change for them we need to know what’s best for our own mental stability!
In This series I will share my own shortcomings and mental health issues, discuss different ways i deal with them and how i try and raise my children to do things differently. My journey is forever growing and I’m seeing new light with my new self love. I hope to show you the way!
Check out my previous post of Auto Immune Diseases to learn more about how they affect your mental and physical ability to live day to day!
Till next time ladies and Gents….
Peace. Hope. Charity Bitches.