Breaking the Stigma

According to womenshealth.gov, more than 1 in 5 women in the United States have experienced a mental health condition in the past year, such as depression or anxiety.

I know that I am one of those women.

After conversations with my group, friends and family I couldn’t help but wonder…. IS MENTAL HEALTH BEING TALKED ABOUT ENOUGH AMONGST OUR PEERS? Are we asking our moms, girlfriends, friends, cousins, and sisters etc. is your mental health okay? How are you feeling with work? Your relationship? Etc. and “what are you doing to help better it?” I believe that these types of conversations amongst peers/family are a need and have to be more common than unusual.

And I know that in most cases these conversations can’t be held because of their general environment or house environment. 

Which is why I want to use this opportunity to help start these conversations through my blogging website, this can be somebody’s life changer.

Based on my research, the greatest percentage of population that receive treatment for mental illness in most societies are women. There are many mental illnesses that are affecting women such as depression, anxiety, brief reactive psychosis, complex trauma disorder and more. There’s 100% a blind stigma on mental health labeled as a silent killer and sometimes it’s our own people that won’t let us talk about our mental health. Many women have felt that they couldn’t tell their families what they’re going through mentally because of the stigma. They’ve felt hopeless, lost and even suicidal. Some who have severe mental illness that require a doctor’s diagnosis continue to go untreated and ignoring their mental health.

Let’s break the stigma by having a conversation and asking our girls, “How’s your mental health?”

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