To anyone struggling with mental illness: you have everything to live for, your life is valuable, and if you are suffering there is a better future ahead. You are loved, you are love, and you deserve love.
Percentage of the adult population that will experience a mental illness this year.¹
Likelihood of a person with mental illness to receive mental health care this year.¹
Youth with Mental Health Conditions
A lack of mental health services for children and teenagers is a major problem around the world with serious consequences. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for people aged 10–24 and the 2nd leading cause for youth 15 to 24 years old.10
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
One of the main reasons people with mental health issues don’t seek health is because of shame, stigma, and discrimination. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, an estimated 66 percent of people with diagnosable mental disorders do not try and get help.
Depression is not about your life circumstances, while stressful situations can exaggerate or even bring on a mental illness, without proper care no matter how wonderful your life situation is you will still suffer from the disease.
My saving grace has been learning to cultivate gratitude, even in smallest measure. No matter how down and out you are, there are ways to access serenity during the darkest days of trauma.