This week is Mental Illness Week and we have been sharing facts and statistics all week to create more education and awareness around mental health. Sharing this information also helps to combat the stigma surrounding mental illness.
The first week of October each year is Mental Illness Awareness Week. While organizations and advocates nationwide use this week to spread awareness around mental illness and fight the stigma, mental health is an issue that should be discussed year-round.
If there is one word to describe life in most of my 20’s it would be hopeless. I picked up drugs at 17 and got sober at 26. Those years that I was using I was merely existing in life, my only priority was getting drugs. I’d have all these ideas of my future like getting a college degree, finding a career I love and starting a family but that’s all it was, just ideas.
Approximately 1 out of 5 adults in the U.S. suffer from a mental health condition. Although it is apparent that mental health is a serious and important condition to recognize, there still stands a stigma that stops many individuals from seeking the health care that they need. In an effort to raise awareness around mental health and encourage those who are suffering to reach out for help, Mental Health Awareness Month occurs annually during the month of May.
Self-care is a term often used these days to describe how a person can make positive changes for themselves to get healthy or feel better, but it’s also a way to keep your mental health in check. In this day and age, when the world is so full of stressful events and imagery, it’s imperative to make sure you can take care of both your mind and your body.