THis is A Problem.

Every post, every image, every like, Post, retweet & letter. In everything we do, we do it for the message we are trying to spread. The awareness of Mental Health. LIFE IS a One Way War. Everyone is fighting their own mental battle with their own personal Angels & their own personal Demons every single day of their entire life. Never do WE see what can easily be spotted. Because from what WE've learned using knowledge & experience, Humanity has a way of telling itself two truths. One that the world thinks is the truth & One that the individual knows is the truth. all WE can say is WE're trying so hard to bring to light what people hid/continue to hide in the darkness for so long. To exhibit the honesty of the mental warfare we all experience. Yes, some peoples wars may be much worse than others but they are struggling like everyone else, just the same. Reserve all Judgments.

 

How common are Mental Health problems?

Every seven years a survey is done in England to measure the number of people who have different types of mental health problems [1]. It was last published in 2016 and reported these figures Out Of 100 People.

Closed COMMUNICATION 

Society still seems to not fully understand the difference between going through a rough time & actual mental illness.

When you see parents & councillors they seem to think that telling children "My door is always open" is enough to encourage engagement. Due to social media, 'isolated socialising' has resulted in children not having the confidence or the skillset to ask for help & combined with the fact they're so good at putting filters on everything, it creates a generation that glorifies hiding your true feelings & refusing to open up to anyone but strangers on the internet via. followers.

 Photo by  Alex Iby

Photo by Alex Iby

  • More than 450 million across the globe suffer from mental illnesses. [World Health Organization]
  • Schizophrenia, depression, epilepsy, dementia, alcohol dependence and other mental, neurological and substance-use disorders make up 13% of the global disease burden, surpassing both cardiovascular disease and cancer. [National Institutes of Health]
  • By 2030, depression will be the second highest cause of disease burden in middle-income countries and the third highest in low-income countries. [WHO]
  • In the United States, people with severe mental illness die 25 years earlier than the general population on average. [Time] In Denmark, the life expectancy gap has been shown to be as high as 18.7 years with certain disorders. [Psychiatric News] And the differential in life expectancy is believed to be even wider in developing countries.
  • In the last 45 years suicide rates have increased by 60% worldwide. [WHO] More than 90% of people who kill themselves have a diagnosable mental disorder. [NIH]
  • Suicide is among the three leading causes of death among those ages 15-44 years in some countries, and the second leading cause of death in the 10-24 years age group. [WHO]
  • In the UK, 70% of people affected by mental illness experience discrimination, and discrimination is believed to be worse in developing countries. [The Guardian]
  • Mental and psychosocial disabilities are associated with rates of unemployment as high as 90%. [WHO]
  • Meanwhile, those with severe mental illnesses are more likely to have other health risk factors, as well. In the Untied States, while about 22% of the general population smokes, more than 75% of people with severe mental illness are tobacco-dependent. And people with depression or bipolar disorder are about twice as likely to be obese as the general population. [Time]

PROTECTING THE Elderly

While older adults may experience many losses, deep sadness that lingers may signal clinical depression as similarly, an anxiety disorder is different from normal worries and is actual signs of a mental mental illness. Mental health problems can appear late in life & sometimes an individuals mental health deteriorates in response to a stroke, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, arthritis, or diabetes, and even some medications. Older adults without a history of substance abuse may abuse medications, alcohol, or drugs just because they have access to it which also is associated with the reason older adults from 75+ have the highest suicide rate in the world [2].

Stories & real life experiences with Mental Health Illnesses

Losing my daughter to suicide

  • Peter tells the heartbreaking story of how he lost his 19-year-old daughter Molly to suicide.

Jess’s story: parenting and fear of lost identity

  • Jess talks about feelings of a loss of identity that arose after the birth of her second child, and what helped her gain confidence again.

Gillian's story: overcoming loneliness

  • Gillian was one of the 1 million older people for whom loneliness is a reality. But she's turned her life around with the help of the Mental Health Foundation.

Harry's story: overcoming severe depression

  • What's it like to experience severe depression? Harry explains what it was like for him, and how he overcame it.

Benj's story: My university experience with depression

  • Benj tells his story of how leaving home for the first time and entering a completely new and demanding environment at university resulted in a period of depression.

Joanna: How I'm thriving with OCD

  • Joanna describes her struggles with OCD and how she overcame them to thrive.

Relationships, trust and bipolar

  • Claire tells her story of how a strong relationship has helped her cope with her bipolar.

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As of February 2018.

[1] McManus S, Bebbington P, Jenkins R, Brugha T. (eds.) (2016). Mental health and wellbeing in England: Adult psychiatric morbidity survey 2014. Leeds: NHS digital.

[2] ; www.owl-national.org; from the Older Women’s League (OWL); 1-800-825-3695. 10 Facts About Mental Health and Ageing.

[3] All stories from MentalHealth.Org.uk .