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.

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Percentage of the adult population that will experience a mental illness this year.¹

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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
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In the juvenile justice system
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Who dropout of school aged 14-21
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Aged 8-15 who received mental health care
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Child suicides due to mental illness
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10. Data sourced from National Alliance on Mental Illness

College student and wondering if this is depression

November 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Every day I struggle to get up and go to class. I find no meaning in anything I do and I go to a counselor here on campus, but I still feel the same.

Alcoholic spiraling towards rock bottom

October 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

Angry at myself. I’ve been drinking every single day for like a week. I know why I’m doing it. Without something to confuse my sense, I don’t have to deal with this internal struggle.

Racing thoughts and intense social anxiety

December 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

I prefer to go under the radar than let people get close and reject me once they get to know me. I am afraid to be honest.

Exhausted and anxious

May 19, 2016 | 1 Comment

No matter how ready this anxiety is trying to make me, there is no way to prepare for doom. Living in fear is a kind of hell.

I am less everything than before

May 18, 2016 | 1 Comment

I’m not incredibly sad all the time. I don’t feel much of anything most of the time. I’m not just sadder than I used to be, I’m less everything.

Swinging up and down in depression

May 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Up and down emotions. One moment I feel excited and ready to try something new, and the next I am afraid of rejection and hide back in my bed.

Once a sad little kid now a confused adult

May 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

Where is the inspiration I used to have? It feels weird to be an adult and sometimes feel like the same sad little kid I once was.

Economics

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

2010 cost in USD
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Estimated cost in USD by 2030
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Incarcerated People

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

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

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of people will have PTSD in their lifetime.
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of men
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of women
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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

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

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