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There are millions of people across the globe living with mental illness today. One of the major obstacles to recovery is the social stigma that deems mental illness a taboo topic. Because it is not openly discussed, it is very challenging for those struggling with mental illness to get the help that they need. We can reduce the stigma by speaking out and declaring our support. The more open we are to discussing mental health, the easier it will be for our friends and loved ones to come to us for a helping hand. Especially for those in a depressed state, it is important to show them that they are not alone. We are in this together!
By spreading awareness, we can
end the stigma surrounding mental illness and give hope to those who need it most.
Mental illness affects about 1 in 4 adults each year.
It affects people of all ages no matter the ethnic, economic, or social background. Mental illness exists regardless of the type of environment or geographical location.
Suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in the United States in 2010 and it continues to take the lives of hundreds of thousands anually. The stigma contributes to this statistic, preventing people from getting proper treatment and improving their health.
Although 75% of Americans have access to mental health care, less than 40% of those with diagnosable mental illnesses receive treatment. While people may have access, there are many obstacles that make these services hard to come by.
You don't have to be a mental health expert to support someone with mental illness. By simply reaching out to a friend or loved one and expressing your support, you are making a difference in their life. The best way to combat the stigma is by talking about mental health and educating others on the topic. Together, we can #EndTheStigma and improve the lives of millions of people!
End The Stigma Today!