Depression, mood and anxiety disorders, panic attacks, and even eating disorders are all mental illnesses. They are real. People suffer from them daily. And while most are treatable, many refuse to be evaluated out of fear; fear of being mocked, laughed at, or simply not taken seriously. It baffles me that millions of people will immediately seek medical attention the moment we feel any type of ailment intruding our bodies but will brush off the thought of something attacking our minds. Why is mental health so taboo, even in 2019, ESPECIALLY in the African American community? We need to start taking care of our minds just as much as we do our bodies. A strong body can be nothing with a weak mind.
Did you know...
-In 2014, one in 25 Americans lived with a serious mental illness; one in 10 young people experienced major depression; and one in five American adults experienced a mental health issue
-Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds
-Approximately 15% of adults aged 60 and over suffer from a mental disorder
These are staggering statistics. It doesn't have to be. We must let go of the old school "pray and sleep it off" method when it comes to mental health issues. Now, before my saints go into attack mode, yes, I am a firm believer in prayer and the power of it. And y'all know I am a huge fan of sleeping. But we have to put our faith into action. The Word does say faith without works is dead, right?
If you feel like something is wrong, seek help!
Do not let the stigma of having mental health issues literally drive you crazy! Your family can't fix you. Your friends can't fix you. And this world will definitely destroy you if you let it. Take care of your body, MIND, and soul. I want you to live your absolute best life! Do what's best for you and remember to BeYOUtiful!!!
Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255
Mental Health Hotline 1-866-305-0279