Today I am posting a couple facts about mental health and mental illness, brought to you by MentalHealth.gov
The majority of people with a mental illness are not any more likely to be violent then someone without mental illness. People with severe mental illnesses are actually 10 times more likely to be the VICTIM of a violent crime.
1 in 5 Adults experience mental health issues. 1 in 10 young people experience a time of severe depression. 1 in 25 people live with a severe mental illness like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression.
What this means:
These facts VS the stigma surrounding mental health is completely unbalanced. I mean, 1 in 25 people? Thats 4 in every 100 people that could possibly have something as severe as schizophrenia, not to mention the 1 in every 5 adults that experience some form of mental health issues.
So why is it that people imagine this:
Whenever anything Mental related is mentioned?!
Times are changing and bringing people into the circle and into the awareness will definitely change the perspectives. Staying silent doesnt help. Speak out. Speak loud.
Thanks for reading,
Shhh Be Quiet.
Turn off the light, close the door, sit and don’t move. Do you hear that? Silence…
Tell me what it sounds like. Explain to me what it sounds like. Peaceful? Empty? Quiet? Scary? Amusing? I want to know what it sounds like. I strive to have a brief moment of hearing absolutely nothing.
The following is what disrupts this silence from my experiences:
With the lack of silence, it has brought on my lack of independence. Now, I have to be dependent on medication. I have to be dependent on my doctors to give me what’s best. I no longer get to trust in myself; instead I now trust in medications that man made.
“Independence is happiness.” – Susan B. Anthony
I struggle with my happiness because of this. When I see things like this, my brain goes “Yes! Independence! I’m an adult! In your face! I’m independent!”. When I calm down from that manic high period, I realize I’m also a liar. A liar to myself.
“You can do it…But you can’t do it alone.” —- World Community Mental Health Movement
I don’t want to take meds to hear the silence, but I can’t do it alone. I have learned IT IS OKAY to ask for help. Because YOU took the step to do so. YOU reached out to your doctor. YOU were brave enough to get over your fear of losing your independence and that is what is going to push you into the end zone.
You can do it. Just not alone. You got this. Ask for help.
To help myself deal with my various day to day issues, I play video games. This is not the most active/healthy coping skill, but it is mine and it works.
I play games like Anthem, and Ark Survival. Which the last one is sometimes known as “Life” to the players who play. It gets me out of my head. It causes me to focus on certain objectives and not the one inside my brain.
Take the game Anthem for instance. It is basically a character inside a metal suit you control, flying, zooming and running around at
crazy speeds completing missions and contracts. I am not myself at that moment. At that moment, I am a Freelancer fighting bad guys or trying to locate trapped ally’s.
The other game I play is called Ark: Survival Evolved. This game I enjoy because I am with my husband and my friends, raising dino’s and fighting enemies together. Sometimes I do spend money on said game. As long as it is keeping me from diving into my brain, I am 100% okay with that.
Again, I say it may not be healthy to play all day, but it is definitely not healthy to want to hit your head on a wall for peace of mind. I mean, would you take the hitting of your head on a wall or would you rather play games? Simple choice to me. Guess….. Yep! You guessed correctly. Hitting my head on a wall is way better.
I am joking!! Well, anyway, Ark is a great coping skill for me and 90% will be always. I put 90% becasue who knows, maybe I find a better game? Joking again! Get out of here scrub.
Thanks for Reading,