By Alyssa Mink
Mental illness plagues millions of people all over the world and although it’s very common, it continues to be the topic most people don’t want to talk about. With so many people suffering from a mental illness, should we not normalize the conversation?
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 adults in the US have a mental illness (about 43.8 million people) and 1 in 5 youth (ages 13-18) suffer as well. If so many people suffer from it, why is it so hard to talk about it? Often times, people with mental illnesses feel as though they are being demonized in the media because so many criminals have been publicly called “mentally disturbed” and many take the insanity plea in court which can make it difficult for people to reach out and talk to someone about what they’re going through. They often times feel like they will be viewed the same as the criminals on TV so they let their fear stop them from getting the help they deserve.
Those who suffer with mental illness often feel alone in what they’re going through and they feel as though nobody will ever be able to understand their mind. Combating the loneliness of mental illness is sometimes the hardest part of it all because once you’re able to get past that, a world of help awaits you. For people that don’t suffer from a mental illness, it can be hard to understand the daily struggles of someone struggling which can be isolating.
In the upcoming weeks, we will discuss common illnesses such as anxiety and depression as well as other aspects of mental health and healthy ways to make daily life a little easier for those that are suffering.