Health + Wellness

Get #StigmaFree About Mental Illness

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Take a few seconds and try to think of a few illnesses. Was mental illness among the top of the list? Hmmm–Probably not, unless you’ve been touched personally in some way. We often just write off people with mental illness with a “crazy” label and fail to think twice about their actual condition. The reality is that there are millions of Americans living with various mental health conditions.  Whether we realize it or not, we are responsible for the stigma against mental disorder and we have a responsibility also to remove it. Removing the stigma first starts with education. Help raise Mental Health Awareness by reading the stats provided and by sharing it with others.

Warning signs vary from illness to illness. These are a select few of the common signs that may signal mental illness.

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Depression is serious health condition that devastates the lives of many. Depression impacts the lives of men and women, young and old in many different ways. 

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If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately. 

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Substance abuse can cause mental highs and lows that can lead to suicidal thoughts. 

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Due to the lack of funding, the availability of treatment and supportive services has decreased.

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50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24.

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Dealing with mental illness is best done through education,  diagnosis and treatment accompanied by an effective recovery plan.

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Cherese Agee

Cherese is the founding editor of AFROPHIRE. She's also a proud Navy with a passion for using her gifts and talents as a means of sharing the light of Christ. Content creating, graphic design, and collaborating with other creatives are what she enjoys most.

  • Thank you very much for this article on mental health awareness and stigmas. The statics and the signs have definitely caused my eyes to open to see that so many others are struggling with mental healthy disorders.