Digging to Roam

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

Self-Disparaging Thoughts

December 10, 2018

These thoughts are dark. The shame is so big that it tries to stop me from talking about the thoughts, which prevents me from processing the pain.

Create Your Own Motivation

December 9, 2018

My motivation ebbs and flows. Real dedication to work towards contentment and health comes through on an unpredictable stream. It’s rarely strong and often is barely a trickle, but it is just enough to keep me going.

Yes, You Can Travel for Work With a Mental Illness

December 5, 2018

The most invisible and stigmatized of all health issues are mental illnesses. It’s fucked up, but disclosing a mental illness while looking for a job can impact your chances of getting hired. It might be illegal (depending on where you live), but so many people in this world are ignorant. Companies may find some other point of contention…

Memories, Parts of Self, and Cohesive Identities

November 14, 2018

Recovering repressed memories is possible. Trauma is subjectively experienced. Flashbacks are real. Depression is physical.

Will I Pass My Mental Illness to My Children?

October 1, 2018

I want children of my own, but for the past few years I have been afraid that I would pass this on to my offspring. I feared how will my body and mind handle it?

Yes, Things Get Worse Before Things Get Better

September 26, 2018

One thing about trauma in PTSD is that it starts to show itself when you’re safe(r) than before. Our brains are working on overdrive trying to protect us and to handle all the threats and to keep us alive after the earth shattering trauma(s) we lived through. We feel scared because we know how bad…

Meditating With the Ocean in Cozumel

September 25, 2018

I’m in Cozumel. It’s my first time here. I’m lying on a towel in my black and white retro high waisted bikini–lathered in sunscreen, of course–already dry from a long swim in the ocean.

I Just Want To Drink

August 23, 2018

Now that I’m here, I really want a drink, but Alejandro won’t let me. I’m so nervous and anxious. Lost. My thoughts are circling, and I can’t stop the spiraling repetitiveness of my obsessions. I’m afraid.

Relationship Red Flags: Are You Dating an Abuser?

August 21, 2018

Trust your intuition, relationship red flags aren’t easy to identify, but there are warning signs. Are you dating an abuser?

Trying To Understand Anxiety

August 20, 2018

I second guess everything that I choose to do. No matter what it is. Why can’t I chill out and just do something? I’m just trying to understand anxiety.

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