Why we do, what we do –
Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Although the symptoms of mental illness can range from mild to severe and are different depending on the type of mental illness, a person with an untreated mental illness often is unable to cope with life’s daily routines and demands.
So where does Mental illness come from?
Although the exact cause of most mental illnesses is unknown, it’s becoming clear through research that many of these conditions are caused by a combination of genetic, biological, psychological, and environmental factors. It is not a personal weakness or a character defect and recovery from a mental illness is not simply a matter of will and self-discipline.
As you may know, there are millions of children neglected and abused in the U.S. -Though we have therapists and doctors to help, many families and organizations cannot afford the costs of treatment. This means these children go untreated for the trauma they have experienced. Some worse than others. One of the most recent studies have shown that there are over 800,000 children and teens that enter the foster system every year. 50% of them will grow to face physical and/or mental disorders. Many of these children have traumatic family histories and life experiences that can result in an increased risk for PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Drug abuse/Dependence and more in their adult life. Another study suggest that there is a two – to seven fold increase in risk for these adults. The co-occurrence of multiple disorders is an important consequence of childhood trauma. Individuals with severe depression and PTSD often experience other severe medical conditions that can affect the body physically, such as; heart disease, high blood pressure, and even cancer. Violence and traumatic stress are both linked to the neurological systems that affect physical health as well as cognitive functioning, emotional control and behavior. That’s how real this is.
So how can we help make a difference?
This vision started out with the idea of writing an autobiography about my story; the experiences I had as a child and how I matured into adulthood without facing the skeletons in my closet due to lack of support and available resources. I’ve come to know many individuals over the years who have had similar struggles. Some have even taken their own lives. I myself have experienced these thoughts, and attempted them. Luckily I failed; but how many others attempt and succeed? Too many.
Worldwide suicide is among the top 3 leading causes of death in people ages 15 – 44. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. – and in 2015 a study has shown over 44,000 American’s took their own lives. Particularly disturbing; the percentage of suicides that can be directly linked to mental illness is a staggering 90%… Do you see the bigger picture?
Our Mission is to Raise awareness for mental illness and untreated child hood traumas for several reasons:
- To be the change we want to see. If we want different results we need to take a different approach. Instead of calling mental illness a cry for attention, (as some people would believe) Let’s see it as a cry for help. What if this was someone you loved? Wouldn’t you want to help them recover?
- Spreading awareness to end the stigma around mental illness. It is NOT a weakness, and it IS better to talk about it.
- To save lives. Considering 90% of suicide related deaths directly link to mental illness.
- Raise money for organizations and families that are unable to afford treatment.
- To recover together and encourage others to #TalkAboutIt and #BeTheChange.