Good Morning Yinz Guys and Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was pretty chill. Today for Mental Health Monday I want to hit you guys with a few facts when it comes to mental health and who suffers from it. One of the things that have helped me get through my day to day when it comes to dealing with my mental health is knowing that I’m not the only person who is going through these things. And so I thought I would share some stats that my therapist shared with me a few weekends ago about who is dealing with mental health, she originally gave it to me to help with explaining my mental health status and what they can do to help. So here are some facts…(stats were pulled directly from the National Alliance on Mental Illness aka NAMI website here.)
- In America, 43.8 million adults will have some type of experience with mental illness in a given year.
- 1 in 5 adults in America experiences a mental illness.
- Nearly 1 in 25 adults which equals to 10 million adults live with a serious mental illness.
- One-half of all chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14, three-quarters by the age of 24.
And when it comes to the prevalence of mental illness by diagnosis…
- 1.1% or 1 in 100 (2.4 million) adult Americans are diagnosed with Schizophrenia.
- 2.6% (6.1 million) adult Americans are diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder.
- 6.9% (16 million) adult Americans are diagnosed with Major Depression.
- 18.1 (42 million) adult Americans are diagnosed with Anxiety Disorders.
And to break things down a little bit more by RACE…because yes race matters folks, especially when it comes to finding people who look like you that may be having the same issues as you matter.
- 18.6% Black adults are living with a mental health condition.
- 16.3% Hispanic adults are living with a mental health condition.
- 19.3% White adults are living with a mental health condition.
- 13.9% Asian adults are living with a mental health condition.
- 28.3% American Indian/Alaska Native adults are living with a mental health condition.
So here are the numbers, so when you’re in the thick of things when you feel like no one else is going through what you’re going through and you’re the only one…I hope this helps you feel a little less alone. Yes, maybe your immediate family and closes friends may not always understand what you are going through but please know you are not alone. Having a mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, or that you are broken. Having a mental illness doesn’t mean that you can’t live a fulfilling life doing whatever it is that you want to do. What it does mean is that you’re human and that things may be a little harder but you can and will make it. Well, that’s it for this Mental Health Monday, I hope to make these post a regular here on the blog. As always, if you’re a regular reader of my blog “Thank You” for your continuous support. And if you’re a new reader, thank you for your new support and I hope you come back.
Peace Yinz Guys
I added here some resources for anyone that may feel like that have no one to turn to in their time of need, especially here in the City of Pittsburgh.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255
re:solve Crisis Network is a UPMC-supported mental health crisis service provider. They have a helpline, take walk-ins, a mobile team, and do temporary residential services for those that have a diagnosis (either one already or get diagnosed from a clinician there). I’ve personally used their crisis line in the past and they’re great. http://www.upmc.com/services/behavioral-health/pages/resolve-crisis-network.aspx
The National Alliance on Mental Illness Southwestern PA (soon to be NAMI Keystone PA) is a mental health non-profit based out of the North Hills that provides free mental health advocacy, education, and support services. I am a presenter for several of their education programs and I can say it’s an org for/by people who live with mental illnesses/ their family members. Their work prioritizes those populations while also educating everyone else who needs to know about mental health issues/services. They come out to community groups (we recently worked with refugee/immigrant teens), schools, clinicians, etc. They also have a NAMIWalk in October. Their website is www.NAMIswpa.org
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Western PA does a lot of outreach for suicide prevention and survivors of suicide loss. They have a walk in August that was mentioned above. https://afsp.org/chapter/afsp-western-pennsylvania/
Mental health first aid is something that everyone should have because it teaches you how to appropriately help someone in a mental health crisis (attempting suicide, experiencing a hallucination, etc.). Classes are free in Allegheny County & they have adult and child certification classes as there are obviously differences between how to help the two populations. I’ve used the skills in real life and not only do they work, I’ve used their book to help others understand how to help me when I’m in need. You can find a course and learn more here: https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/cs/take-a-course/find-a-course/
Steel Smiling is a mental health non-profit that helps people specifically in underserved neighborhoods in Pittsburgh through education, certifications, and utilizing the community connections that already exist. https://www.steelsmilingpgh.org/about_us