Let’s make 2021 a year where we protect our mental health.
Looking back at 2020 no one could predict a global pandemic and the chaos that it would cause worldwide with the economy and people’s lives. The overload of what happened in 2020 caused a lot more mental health challenges for folks including myself. I found some stats that were interesting and would like to share. I would like to also share that YOU ARE NOT ALONE! If you are having problems reach out and talk to someone, seek professional help if you need it.
- 450 million people currently suffer from a mental illness, according to a report published by the World Health Organization.
- 1 in 4 Americans currently suffers from at least one mental illness.
- 80% of people suffering from a schizophrenic disorder can reduce symptoms and the possibility of relapses, via medical help, therapy, and family assistance.
- Around 9.5% of US citizens above 18 years old encounter a depressive illness every year.
- In the UK, 1 in 3 college students has dealt with a serious psychological issue. Similarly, 1 in 5 teens suffer from a mental illness, yet many avoid seeking help.
- In late June, 40% of U.S. adults reported struggling with mental health or substance use.
- More pandemic related mental health effects are described here by Forbes magazine.
If you have not watched my presentation on mental health I encouraged you to just because I know people have told me it helps. If nothing else skipped towards the end and get the tips on helping get through a pandemic. The video can found be on my presentations page. Some basic tips:
- Get some exercise
- Eat healthy
- Get plenty of sleep
- Stay socially connected with people
- Disconnect from the news and social media if needed
- Seek professional help if needed