I’ve said so many times before that I love Motivation Monday – it makes me happy, makes my outlook on the day a bit more positive, and brings a smile to my face. (picture source)
But sometimes, a motivational quote or blog post is NOT enough to make you truly happy. This week is National Mental Illness Awareness Week, and when Clare posted about it I knew I wanted to help share the message.
The term “mental illness” covers so many conditions – not just the ones you see in movies like schizophrenia, ADD, or autism, but also anxiety, depression, eating disorders, seasonal affective disorder, OCD, and so many more. Did you know that 1 in 4 adults (or almost 62 million Americans) struggle with a diagnosable mental illness in any given year? Unfortunately, there is so much stigma around “being depressed” or “having a mental illness” that 60% of adults with a mental illness do not receive treatment. This is scary, and sad. If you or someone you care about might benefit from talking to someone, please, please do so (or help them to do so)! There IS help out there, and it CAN get better for you.
My family and I have been impacted by mental illness in many ways, and it’s such a tough issue to deal with. However, I hope that by talking about mental illness, we can start to reduce some of the stigma.
So tell me in the comments … What can you do to make someone smile today? Any thoughts to share on Mental Health Awareness Week?