Stigma

  • Most adults with mental health symptoms (78%) and without mental health symptoms (89%) agreed that treatment can help persons with mental illness lead normal lives.
  • 57% of all adults believed that people are caring and sympathetic to persons with mental illness.
  • Only 25% of adults with mental health symptoms believed that people are caring and sympathetic to persons with mental illness.
  • FYI depression, eating disorders, dual diagnoses, substance abuse, etc. are mental illnesses. You do not have to have what people deem as “craziness”. That is a societal concept and a result of the formerly stated stigmatization of mental illness.

Mental: Don’t think because you’re in a bad state of mind that you’re alone. There is always someone who can relate. Don’t feel weird or ashamed to admit what you’re dealing with. In his last letter that my father wrote me, he made mention of remaining connected with people as it is the only thing that remains constant. Sadly, he could not heed his own advice. I,however, have taken that to heart. Reach out to others and allow them to reciprocate.

Physical: Our physical state largely effects our mental state. When you’re more physical active, the body creates endorphins that make you feel “good”. When you’re eating a healthy,balanced diet, you intake key vitamins and nutrition to obtain a sound state of body, which influences the mind and your well-being.

Social: Allow help from different sources. Don’t feel like you have to do everything on your own. Sometimes we all need help. It’s nothing to be ashamed of (though our egos might disagree). Don’t beat yourself up for leaning on other people.

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I love this blog. thanks for your love and advocacy!

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Comes from the heart 🙂