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Why Mental Health Matters to ALL of Us

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Health is so important that the entire month of May has been dedicated to this
issue for the past 70 years. 
Internationally recognized as one of the world’s most critical topics,  everyone from the British Royals to the United Nations have devoted time,
money and resources to this urgent  discussion.

“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor,
more unashamed conversation.” ~ Glenn Close

A Global Issue

According to Our World in Data, “It’s estimated that 970 million people worldwide had a mental or substance use disorder in 2017. The largest number of people had an anxiety disorder, estimated at around 4 percent of the population.”  This means that it’s likely that each family worldwide has at least one member with at least one mental health issue. 

These statistics, of course, only reflect documented
cases.  The sad truth is, that even with
recent public awareness and outreach programs, there is still an unjust stigma
associated with mental disorders and diseases. 
Without proper community support and medical attention, many people
struggle every day just to leave the house, be in a crowded mall or even just
get out of bed in the morning. 

“The strongest people are not those who show strength in front of the
world but those who fight and win battles that others do not know
anything about.” ~ Jonathan Harnisch

We All Play a Part

So, what can we do, as friends, family and communities?  Listen.  Learn.  Support. If you know, or even suspect, someone you love may be dealing with mental health issues, be there for them.  Listen freely and without judgment.  Be patient.  It may be situational, such as the time of going through divorce, or it may be a chronic, life-long issue.  Whatever the case, seeking professional support can be a sanity saver, sometimes even a lifesaver.

Educate yourself on the mental issue your
friend/loved one is facing.  Help them
find local professional assistance and community support groups or outreach
programs.  Take the initiative and
organize a community outreach program, if you can’t find one to fulfill your
needs.  There are more and more online
therapy and support programs becoming available.  Just make sure to do your research and verify
the legitimacy and licensing of these types of resources. 

“You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem
and smarter than you think.” ~ A.A. Milne

If you are personally struggling with some aspect of mental health, please reach out to someone in your family or circle of friends that you can confide in and let them know what you are going through.  If you’re just not sure where to turn, please reach out to any of the resource links in this month’s ezine.  We are here for you and we support you.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help and don’t wait. 

By working together, patiently supporting
those in our lives with mental health issues, we can all grow and heal

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