I have a great concern for the mental health epidemic we find ourselves in these days. 1 in 5 people in the United States are dealing with a serious mental illness. That’s alarming, but even worse, an average of 123 people commit suicide EVERY day. These are preventable deaths. And that’s just suicides, I haven’t included the 72,000 deaths from accidental overdose. What are we doing to prevent these deaths? What are we doing to support the millions of people impacted by mental illness? What are we doing to prevent, not just the deaths, but the underlying conditions?
I want to do my part to bring about awareness, advocacy, and support to those impacted by mental illness. As I see it, each of us has mental health, many of us have mental illness. We need to:
- Educate (young) people of the signs and symptoms of conditions and give them a game plan for treatment
- inform primary support networks on how they can meet the needs of their friend of family member
- advocate to community and government leaders on how they can confront the challenges of their constituents
Each of us can use our time, talent, and treasure to fulfill these tasks. It is often difficult to see the numbers above or to consider all those around us who are in need, but all you have to do is help one person. That one person, may be you. But tomorrow, you’ll be stronger and you can help one other person. If each of us, find help for ourselves, and support one other person, we will change the world. We may prevent 123 suicides per day or 72,000 overdose deaths per year.
There is no greater need today, than to confront mental illness, with total body wellness. I use the Wellness Pie as my guide in this mission for health. There are seven aspects to wellness:
When we strive for balance in these seven aspects of wellness, we can create a better mental health. This is, by no means, a replacement of medical intervention when necessary. But it can be a tool in the arsenal. On this blog you will find tips, tricks, and resources to help you develop in each of these important aspects of wellness. Everyday, take a small bite of each slice of pie, and see where you find yourself in a week, a month, or a year.
To get you started, you may enjoy a FREE 21 Days to better mental health workbook. Each day, you will focus on growing in one of each of the 7 aspects of wellness.