Mental Illness

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.

Suicide Prevention

IN AN EMERGENCY CALL 911 (or find your national number on this page)

 

1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
suicidepreventionlifeline.org

 

IMALIVE.org
Virtual crisis center

Listings of suicide hotlines worldwide

Crisis Support

IN AN EMERGENCY CALL 911 (or find your national number on this page)

 

Crisis Text Line
Text “HOME” to 741741
crisistextline.org

 

1-800-273-8255
Text “ANSWER” to 839863
crisiscallcenter.org

Young People

IN AN EMERGENCY CALL 911 (or find your national number on this page)

1-866-331-9474
Text “LOVEIS” to 22522
loveisrespect.org
1-800-422-4453 (4-A-Child)
childhelp.org
1-866-488-7386
Text “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200
thetrevorproject.org

Domestic Violence

IN AN EMERGENCY CALL 911 (or find your national number on this page)

 

1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)
Live chat

thehotline.org

1-866-879-6636 (USWOMEN)
International toll-free

866uswomen.org

%

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

Discrimination

When someone discloses a mental disorder, they face discrimation by powerful influencers such as potential landlords and employers.2

Violence

People with mental health conditions are 10 times more likely to be victims of violent crimes, the more severe the mental health condition, the more likely it becomes.3

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

Youth aged 13-24 with mental health condition
%
In the juvenile justice system
%
Who dropout of school aged 14-21
%
Aged 8-15 who received mental health care
%
Child suicides due to mental illness
%

10. Data sourced from National Alliance on Mental Illness

I hate having depression

March 5, 2018

My depression is really bad lately. I find everything meaningless. I don’t even feel happy in a quiet bit of nature. I hate having depression.

Getting my mental health back on track

March 2, 2018

It was the longest period of time I have gone without a psychologist appointment since I first began treatment three and a half years ago. And I was getting weird, real weird.

Recovery Sayings One Day at a Time

February 8, 2018

Doodling, drawing, and coloring impromptu art is a go to method for me to stay centered. Maybe it’ll work for you, too.

Depression isn’t weakness, but I don’t feel strong

January 23, 2018

Depression isn’t weakness, but I don’t feel strong. Depression is clawing her way back into my consciousness. Usually she dwells in a spot hidden away, and when I put her back she stays there for a while. This time, it’s like the lock is broken and she is not staying put.

Weeding out anxiety

January 22, 2018

I allowed a seed of anxiety to grow and take roots in other parts of my psyche. It is kind of like when a tree brings water up through its roots to nurture itself, only in a much more fucked up and non-poetic kind of way.

What is Dissociative Identity Disorder?

January 16, 2018

Dissociative identity disorder (DID), formerly called multiple personality disorder, is an extremely misunderstood condition related to serious trauma usually in childhood. It’s a controversial diagnosis, in part because of the widespread ignorance and because it frequently occurs alongside other disorders.

Mental Health Stigma Nearly Killed Me

January 14, 2018

Stigma about mental illness was encoded into my inner schema. It was so deeply embedded in me that it prevented me from even trying out possible solutions.

Waves of depression and hope

January 13, 2018

Today depression came up again. Buoyed by shorter daylight filled hours, the negative number in my bank account, an unrelenting sick feeling of headache, stomach pain, and mainly my brain and body reverting to default state.

How to Listen Someone’s Trauma Story

January 12, 2018

You don’t need to understand a person or their post traumatic symptoms to listen to their trauma story. Having empathy and patience does not mean you must experience what they experience. We can never know exactly what another person has lived through and how they felt in each moment.

What is this feeling? Fear of contentment

January 6, 2018

I still don’t like speaking of it, of this fear, I don’t want people to become intrusive about me. I don’t want the worry of people who don’t understand because they’ve never felt this way.

Economics

Mental illness is the most costly health issue on Earth.8

2010 cost in USD
$
Estimated cost in USD by 2030
$

Incarcerated People

Mental illness among the prison population of the United States.9

Female state prisoners with mental disorders
%
Male state prisoners with mental disorders
%

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Disruptive Symptoms

Symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are distressing and disruptive to a person's life.4

Flashbacks triggered by reminders of the event. The trauma is re-experienced and can even re-traumatize the person.

Hyper arousal resulting in angry outbursts, sleep deprivation, and a constant feeling of being on edge.

Easily startled, an immediate response to slightly surprising stimuli. This is not the same as being triggered by situations that remind the person of their trauma.

Difficulty concentrating, terrifying thoughts, nightmares, and loss of interest in activities. Work and other normal tasks become difficult.

Military Combat

Veterans who experience combat are much more likely than the general population to have PTSD in a given year. The rate varies by operation, in the most recent military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan the frequency is upwards of 20% of veterans.5

%
of people will have PTSD in their lifetime.
%
of men
%
of women
%
estimate of combat vets

Not Just Veterans

It can happen to anyone, not just people who experience combat, 7-8 percent of the population will have PTSD at some point in their lives.5

Cis Gender Disparities

PTSD is more likely to develop in women than men. Sexual assault is more likely to lead to PTSD than other traumatic events, and sexual assault happens more frequently to women.6

Nonbinary Genders

People with non-cis genders are at the highest risk for PTSD and other anxiety disorders. The stigma of non-cis genders is compounded by the stigma of mental illness (gender identity has nothing to do with mental illness).7

Cultivating Gratitude

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.

Linked to Substance Abuse

%

Percentage of those with a substance abuse disorder who have a co-occurring mental illness.11

%

People with mental illness who have substance abuse disorders. For severe mental illness, it rises to 50%.13

Page last updated January 7, 2018