Sunday, October 10th was Mental Health Awareness Day. In that spirit I wanted to send a reminder about what we all can do to build awareness and support. There are so many resources and YOU can be a resource.
I started this blog in 2018 to do just that... share my story. It has morphed in to so much more that brings me joy and ironically helped "me" along the way.
Since then a pandemic has changed the world and our lives. It has had a profound impact on the mental health. We all have our own story and I never assume my struggles are similar to anyone else, but I do know I am so grateful to have found so many resources, other braves souls sharing their story, wisdom, and knowledge out there via blogs, podcasts, social media, and human interaction..... All of which has benefited me.
My point? Share. Share your story or experience. There is a set of ears out there that wants to listen. Trust me.
First - the numbers:
1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year
1 in 20 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year
1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year
50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34
(Source: National Alliance on Mental Illness)
That is staggering and I am certain it is worse since the pandemic. You can literally make a list of 5 of your friends and a least one is suffering from mental illness. Most in silence.
So I started a "Resource" Page on THIS SITE. A place where I can post links, share an informative or inspiring article, blog, book or podcast. I am not sure why I did not do it sooner but recently an organization reached out to me that encountered my blog...... They liked my content on mental illness/anxiety and wondered if I would share their services/resources. DUH? Why did I not think of that! It was not the first time I have been asked and I now realize this is the perfect place for it and I am honored to share.
My goal is always to pay it forward - hoping it inspires or makes someone feel a little less alone.
Check out the RESOURCES tab and pass it on! (Note: I am just getting started, please stop back frequently to see what's new!)