In honor of Mental Illness Awareness week, here’s a FACTS SLAM for you to share to help erase stigma in your schools, homes, and communities!
-Not everybody who is at risk for suicide has depression. (Harkavy-Friedman)
-1 in 5 Americans live with a mental health condition=60 million people!
-Depression & bipolar disorder are the #1 reasons children are admitted to hospitals
-More than 50% of adults and children with mental health conditions did not receive treatment in the last year
-Half of all lifetime mental health conditions begin by age 14, 3/4 by age 24
-Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and the 2nd leading cause among young adults
-90% of people who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness
-The average delay between onset of symptoms and intervention is 8-10 YEARS
-Over 50% of students with a mental health condition age 14 and over drop-out of school
-Mental illnesses are more common than cancer, diabetes, or heart disease
-Mental and substance use disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide
-About 800,000 people commit suicide every year
What can you do?! LOTS!
-EDUCATE: Educate yourself and others about mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The more you know, the more you can help erase stigma.
-ADVOCATE: Armed with knowledge, speak up! Speak out! #StandTogether and stand UP for mental illness in your communities. Use ‘person-first’ language when talking about individuals with a mental health condition. Don’t be afraid to use your voice for those that can’t!
-ENCOURAGE: Just be there! Your presence can make a huge difference to a person struggling with a mental illness. Offer reassurance, companionship, and emotional strength. Encourage them to seek help from a professional and be supportive in their journey of recovery.
-INCLUDE: People with mental illnesses are just like everyone else! People with mental illness are friends, family members, significant others, neighbors, and community members. They hold jobs, have high quality relationships, and function in society. Be a friend! Be kind!
-Hold HOPE: Hope is the most important ‘tool’ of recovery. People CAN and DO recover! Treatment works! Never lose hope for yourself or others! Love makes the world go round and you make each day a special day just by being you! No one is alone.
(credits to NAMI & AFSP for statistics/data)
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