Disclaimer: All information, data and material contained, presented, or provided on this post is written from my first hand experiences of mental illness from loved ones. It is not to be construed or intended as providing medical or legal advice. Decisions you make about your family’s healthcare are important and should be made in consultation with a competent medical professional. I’m not a physician and do not claim to be.
By simply talking openly about mental illnesses you are helping to end the stigma and spread awareness. You can make a difference, yes you!
In the first week of January 2016, I read yet another Facebook status on my Facebook of someone passing away due to suicide. This unfortunately has become my new normal, since 2009 I’ve dealt with losing a friend directly or a friend of a friend. I decided to make it one of my causes because it’s happened way too many times! Some people, who will remain nameless, weren’t that nice toward me when I approached them with issues involving mental illness. I was blown off saying it “was no big deal.”
I really didn’t think I would jump into suicide and mental illness prevention work like this. Several years ago I would have looked at you saying “No Way.” And yes it is a big deal even if I was ignored before.
Important Side note: Homicides and suicides are #2 and #3 causes of death among young people and teenagers. There is a link between mental illness and gun violence. Many school shooters have documented suicidal issues or suicide is on their mind. I’m not sure if I will or if I should write a full post on this. If we address mental illness at the first sign of a psychosis episode instead of ignoring it and waiting until it’s out of control then we can take a step in the right direction. When Indiana governor Mike Pence recently announced that a new mental hospital is opening in Indiana, I became really happy!
Are you into suicide prevention/mental illness work? If so I’d love to hear from you!
Hello! I’m Alesha! I’m a musician, actress, entrepreneur and writer and recent hospital patient (I still can’t believe that is real).Follow on Twitter. Let me know what you want me to write! Click here! I’m writing for Thrive Global, who’s mission is to change the way we work and live. As stated by Arianna Huffington, for far too long, we have been operating under a collective delusion that burning out is the necessary price for achieving success. This could be less true. All the latest science is conclusive that, in fact, not only is there no trade-off between living a well-rounded life and high performance, but performance is actually improved when we prioritize our health and well-being. It’s time to move from knowing what to do to actually doing it. With Thrive Global leading the way, I’m confident that we can have a mindset change on work-life balance. If you like what I’m writing, give me a heart and share! :)