By, The Borderline Project
World Mental Health Day is marked every 10th of October as an effort to raise awareness around mental health issues.
Here are some facts you need to know:
• Unfortunately, around the world, over 800 000 people die by suicide every year
• Depression is one the common mental disorders. Globally, more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from it
• Mental and substance abuse disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide
• Mental disorders are important risk factors for other diseases
• Stigma and discrimination against patients and families prevent people from seeking mental health care
• Human rights violations of people with mental and psychosocial disability are routinely reported in most countries.
*Source, World Health Organization
Mental illness is real. It can be extremely painful and complex for those who live with it. And alarmingly, it can also be deadly when not addressed properly and on time.
Then, why don’t we talk about it?
Would you feel shy to tell your boss you have diabetes?
Would you keep to yourself that you take medicines to help your gastritis?
Why do we feel labelled if we get a diagnosis or if we need a drug treatment?
This is a time of change, lots of social battles towards equality and inclusion are taking place all over the world and mental illness awareness and support should not be left behind!
This is our moment to take an active role and help these changes become a reality where we are free of stigma (aren’t you tired of having to suffer most of your hard days alone?), where we receive the help we require to live fulfilling lives, to save our lives!
It’s time to let the world know we are here. To tell the world we matter. It’s time to be proud of our mental conditions and make of them a beautiful feature of all that we, as individuals, are.
Break the silence, embrace yourself, who you are is wonderful!