World Mental Health Day Should Be Part of Our Daily Lives

There’s no doubt we all know someone that is suffering from some type of mental illness. And in many cases, it’s serious. But the stigma attached to mental illness often prevents those affected from discussing it with friends, family and many times, even healthcare professional. Statistics show, tens of millions of Americans suffer from some form of mental illness. Ranging from anxiety and depression to suicide and addiction.

Just the simple thought of having a conversation with someone about their mental issues can cause severe anxiety In today’s society, the number of mental health sufferers is growing at a rapid pace and theirs no sign of it slowing down. And, while World Mental Health Day is an amazing avenue that can help millions of sufferers, cutting the stigma, and simply listening should be an everyday occurrence. Society itself needs to come to grips with mental illness so that everyone can begin to speak freely. It can literally save lives!

The hustle of life is preventing those that suffer from anxiety, addiction, depression and even suicide from seeking help. Look at the person sitting next to you. Do they suffer from mental illness? Would you know if they did? When we, as a society start sharing our own stories, when we detach the stigma associated with mental illness and make it “okay” for others to talk about it, will be the day we begin to save lives.

Take the time to listen

In 2007 my youngest brother committed suicide. He suffered from depression all of his life. After a serious injury, he became addicted to prescription pain medication. The whole family knew about his depression and his addiction. But, no one ever spoke of it. His sudden death, his suicide nearly destroyed our family. You can save a loved one from suicide. If you just talk to them, listen to them. We may not be able to save them all, but one life saved is worth the world. We all think it only happens in other families, I”m here to tell you, that’s not the case. It can happen to you, and it can happen to your loved ones.

Be Part of The Mental Health Solution

Don’t just sit around and wait for someone else to fix the problem. Get out there, be part of the Mental Health Solution, and, before it sticks someone you love. Poor mental health can wreak havoc on anyone, anytime, anywhere. We are not exempt from its ugly force. Nor is our loved ones. Start today, help make mental health a normal, healthy conversation rather than a taboo topic that claims silenced lives. NAMI, The National Alliance of Mental Illness offers tips on how you can talk to someone suffering a mental illness.


4 thoughts on “World Mental Health Day Should Be Part of Our Daily Lives

  • October 12, 2018 at 3:07 am

    Mental health is in such a crisis in our country. It is important that we watch out for those close to us so we can help be a part of the solution.

  • October 12, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    Oh, I couldn’t agree with you more. So many people are struggling with this and we walk right by them unaware.

  • October 12, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    So true! It is important to be aware of the people around us. Lots may say they are okay but really struggle inside. We should be intentional and show that we care.

  • October 12, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    It saddens me to see so many suffer from mental health. I’ve seen my uncle struggle with this and everyone treats him so differently because of it.


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