Did you know that it was Mental Illness Awareness Week this week? sadly, I only found out about it yesterday.
I think this is very sad indeed because if I, a person who is very much aware of mental illness and has become rather vocal about it in all the social networks didn’t know about it, what chance has a regular Joe of hearing about it? Clearly, we need to do more to raise awareness.
Also, did you know that most people believe that mental disorders are rare and “happen to someone else.”?
However, an estimated 54 million Americans suffer from some form of mental disorder in a given year (I’ll try and get the Canadian numbers later). Here’s a very helpful article on how to recognize the warning signs from Mental Health America According to MIAW Canada, people who struggle with a mental disorder often go through life without reaching out for help: They simply don’t know what’s wrong and feel they are just “different;” they feel they can beat it on their own; they are ashamed and try to hide their symptoms; exasperated family and friends tell them to “get over it;” or they reach out for help but their first experience leaves them feeling disregarded and misunderstood.
Mental Awareness week is over today. Nonetheless, I’m asking you to please take a moment to read and share this.
Help create Mental Illness awareness!
Mental Illness Awareness Week Canada (MIAW) @MIAWCanada
Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH)
Royal Mental Health Group Mood Disorders of Ontario