Mental Health seems to be a recurring issue that never seems to be taken to heart and always has to be reminded to people that it is a serious issue others live with everyday. Yes, some things are hard to wrap your head around when it comes to mental health, but even if you don’t completely understand it, don’t write it off as unbelievable. People all around you may be suffering from a mental health disease that you don’t know anything about, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t dealing with it.

“Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year. Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S.—10 million, or 4.2%—experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.”
Source : http://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-By-the-Numbers

 

Some people are public about their struggles and others keep it on the down low, and that may be how they deal with their problems. Personally, I tend to keep to myself unless I feel comfortable with a person, which is rare. I live with anxiety, depression and ptsd. These are things that I don’t often speak about but quite often experience.

 

Be kind to your fellow earthlings, you never know what kind of day, week, month, year or life someone is having or what battles they are fighting. I am working to become more conscious and aware of people’s behaviors to better interact with my fellow beings. Let’s try to break the stigma around mental health and help instead of unintentionally hurting people you care about.

 

Stay Stylish,
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