Hello Readers! I have been meaning to get on my blog and write. I have a lot of ideas and stories I want to share with you but there hasn’t been enough time in the day where I can sit and just write.
Today is a very important day for many people including myself who have a strong support in raising awareness of mental health issues. It is World Mental Health Day!
According to the World Health Organization, this day is reserve not only to raise awareness around the world but to mobilize efforts in support of mental health. It provides an opportunity for “stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work and what more needs to be done to provide mental health care for people worldwide.”
There is wide range of mental disorders. Mental disorders can be classified as illnesses that impact your mood, thinking and behavior. Some disorders include depression, anxiety disorders, manic depressive (bipolar disorder), schizophrenia and other psychoses, dementia cause by Alzheimer’s Disease or a stroke, developmental disorders including autism, and the list may go on.
I’m not sure why people are so oblivious to those who live with these existing conditions. “Live” being the keyword.
I used to not be able to talk about mental health issues. I fear judgment just like many do. We are known to people who are ignorant as the “crazy people.” Do you even understand how much of an impact it is when you call someone living with a mental disorder a “crazy and/or looney person?” You make us feel more crazy than our minds make us.
Here are some facts:
- Globally, an estimated 300 million people in the world are living with depression; women more than men.
- Worldwide, 60 million people are affected by bipolar disorder.
- Worldwide, Schizophrenia affects 23 million people.
- Worldwide, 50 million people are living with dementia.
- Anxiety Disorder is the most common mental disorder in the U.S.; people who have anxiety disorder is three to five times more likely to go to doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders.
I empathize with those who have to live with these issues. If you’re a person coping with mental health issues: my heart goes out to you and may your state of being and your daily routines be filled with as much peace as possible. Every little inch of peace and feeling normal, matters.
My heart also goes out to my close loved ones who may also be dealing with mental health issues. Of course I keep their identity to myself out of respect. They know who they are. I will always be here for you.
I also want to say to thank you for the strong support system that I’ve had during these dark times. It means so much to me that you’ve been there.
I want you all to count your blessings even more so today. Life is a beautiful place but unfortunately for many people worldwide having to deal with their mental state, it can be distorted and they can only make it as beautiful as they can.
I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your day and hope your mental state is well.
Until the next post,
With love and support,