Currently in America, one in five adults are suffering from a mental illness. Approximately 16 million American adults are living with depression and 42 million are living with anxiety disorders, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Despite how large these numbers appear, the ones suffering from a mental illness (myself included) still feel alone and isolated. The stigma attached to mental illness is so powerful that many of us don’t seek help. In fact, only 60 percent of Americans with mental illness have gotten the help they needed this past year.
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In order to end the stigma, we need to speak out. Sharing our stories with the world is the most powerful way to show that we are not alone.
One voice. One story. Sometimes that’s all it takes to help save a life. Your words will open the door for someone else to contribute and from there the possibilities are infinite. Each individual experience will be united and together we can end the stigma.
Please feel free to share your story with us in the comments below!