Why does it when a person have cancer or other physical disease, that they feel empathetic and react differently compared to when they hear a person has mental illness? Isn’t it the same thing? Then why is still there a stigma of mental illness?
Let us erase the stigma of mental illness, if you know someone or you yourself is a person struggling with mental illness, with or without diagnosis please call a help line:
KidsHelpPhone.ca – Provides toll-free, 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous phone counselling to young people in Canada. Ready to talk? 1-800-668-6868
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Facts and Statistics:
“In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians experiences a mental health or addiction problem.”
“By the time Canadians reach 40 years of age, 1 in 2 have – or have had – a mental illness.”
“Nearly 4,000 Canadians die by suicide each year – an average of almost 11 suicides a day.15 It affects people of all ages and backgrounds.”
“The disease burden of mental illness and addiction in Ontario is 1.5 times higher than all cancers put together and more than 7 times that of all infectious diseases. This includes years lived with less than full function and years lost to early death.“
– (CAMH, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 2012)
“Mental illness affects people of all ages, educational and income levels, and cultures.”
-(CMHA, Canadian Mental Health Association, 2016)
In someone’s journey to become whoever they want to be, either to overcome insecurities, depression or to either lose weight or get good grades, whatever that ideal person you want to be, there will always be struggles and challenges to overcome until we get to the point of giving up in the end but all I wanna say is DONT GIVE UP! because you’ll never know that the next day might be the day that you have the point of either success or failure, the turning point where everything will change. A wise person once told me that life is like a horizontal escalator, you will move backwards if you don’t keep pushing forward toward your next destination, towards that finish line.
I know it’s really really hard to overcome the procrastination, the chatterbox, that voice in our own head that says NO you can’t do it! Just stay in your comfort zone and there is still a lot of time until the deadline of that 15 page essay that is due tomorrow but your still not doing it, why because your reason is its hard…or that time when you said you’ll lose weight this year finally! and even signed up for a one year gym membership and on the 2nd try you don’t even want to move your butt off your couch, sounds familiar? Yes, there are a lot more examples but each one of us has this situation where we just can’t finish something or even start it and especially commit to it. Well don’t give up, keep at it, keep walking on that escalator, keep pushing forward on your life, strive to be the best that you can be, don’t do it for anyone else, but yourself because you deserve to love yourself and be loved by you.
To be continued…