May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we wanted to shed some very important light into the very important topic of mental health. Chismosas With Mimosas is about doing life with your friends, and when we have #girltalk, we need to be talking about everything: the good, the bad, and the ugly.
1 in 5 adults in the US experience mental illness, but only about 40% of them received any treatment/mental health services last year. More than half of those suffering aren’t getting any help, and that’s bad. The ugly? There’s a stigma attached to mental illness and those who suffer from it.
Many people who suffer from mental illness feel ashamed and confused about what they’re going through, especially if their friends and family dismiss their experiences as trivial. As not worth looking into. As an issue that would go away if the person just try hard enough at life, at relationships, at being grateful, at relaxing, etc.
It’s time we stop the stigma. Sign the pledge to be #StigmaFree and educate yourself about mental health. Here’s the good: by educating ourselves and getting the word out about mental health, we can shed light into the darkness that many people suffer in. We can learn how to support our family and friends that suffer from a mental illness.
If you are suffering from mental illness, please see your doctor and know that you are not alone. There is help available. You can call the hotline 1-800-950-NAMI (M-F, 10am-6pm ET).
We have had family and friends who suffered from different types of mental illness. Some severe, others not as much. Some got help, some didn’t, some stopped getting help. To say it’s tough is an understatement. The norm is to talk about it in whispers and in desperate wishes. But mental illness is a battle won when we stand up and work together.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Let’s talk about it. #girltalk