World Mental Health Awareness Day.

Today you may (or may not) know that it’s World Mental Health Awareness Day.  In honor of today, I have a few key facts for you guys:

  • According to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America, About 15 Million People (almost 7 % of our Population) are diagnosed with some form of Depression. Imagine how many OTHERS (including yourself) are actually depressed and never seen a doctor for it.
  • Almost HALF The People are diagnosed die from suicide every year.
  • According to Lifeline.com, 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. It is a leading cause of disability.
  • More women than Men are affected by Depression. Postpartum mood changes following childbirth can cause major depression and even to severe, incapacitating, psychotic depression.
  • People who take care of an older relative are 50% more likely to be depressed.
  • About 10- 30% of persons with diabetes experience depression.
  • Half of People doesn’t just experience depression once. It happens throughout their life.
  • Depression has been found to run in families. People who have a first-degree relative (meaning your Parents or a sibling) who has depression are at greater risk for developing the disorder than those without a similar family history. ( According to The Refuge)

All of these things can hinder you or a loved one from being able to function a normal life. The most common effects of depression can include:

  • Self-isolation
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Pain
  • Relationship Problems (with loved ones, friends, romantic etc.)
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Thoughts (and attempts) of suicide

Learn to communicate with one another. If you see someone down, try to build up their spirits. Try to get them away from the house and do some activities. If you feel like you can’t help someone, offer alternate solutions like therapy. Lastly, if you or a loved one has been having thoughts of suicide please contact the following hotlines:

  • Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 ( Online support available)
  • En Espanol: 1-888-628-9454
  • For Hard of Hearing/ Deaf: 1-800-799-4889
  • For Veterans: 1-800-273-8255
  • Eating Disorders: 1-877-455-0628
  • LGBT: 1-866-488-7386 ( Online support available)

Take this seriously. Please. #thisiswhatdepressionlookslike

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