Mental Illness Awareness Week was Oct. 6 to 12 so I’m a little late. I was kind of in the middle of a nervous breakdown. My apologies.
I personally know the stigma that goes along with mental illness. What makes it so difficult for conversation surrounding the topic? Is it because it can’t be diagnosed with a blood test or an x-ray? If you suffer from it, you are weak or broken? How can we break this belief in two and bury it? It’s hard enough dealing with mental illness and to sense that you are not accepted or less than because of it only worsens the condition.
Per Web MD’s October issue, Sonya Collins states, “one in four adults—60 million people—have a mental illness.
About half of U.S. adults will have a mental illness at some point in their lives.”
To me, those numbers are astounding. It continues to get worse. Based on those figures, most of us know someone struggling with mental illness in our lives.
Why can’t we talk about mental illness? If 1 in 4 suffers from it, why does it need to stay behind a closed door?