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Mental Health Facts

  • Mental health issues are on the rise and are increasing in severity

  • Suicide is becoming more prevalent in young adults

  • Anxiety and depression are the most common mental disorders

  • Mental health issues are real and are not a sign of weakness! 

The Importance of Mental Health 

Mental Health relates to our emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. It is important because it impacts the way we think, feel, and act

Fortunately, these days, mental health is spoken about a lot more. But there are still strong negative stigmas and stereotypes about those with mental health conditions.

I hope to encourage people to create a SAFE SPACE for friends and family to share and communicate their feelings in the hopes that we can all help each other and lead to more smiles in the community.  

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The brain's complexity continues to amaze me till this day. It is responsible for many physical features, but it is also what distinguishes us as humans. For instance, the mind is in charge of memory, learning, and emotion. Furthermore, our brain handles all of our mental processing making it such an important organ. Unfortunately, when it comes to mental health issues the cause can be biological, social or both. For instance, defects in neurotransmission, stress, injury, discrimination/bullying, trauma and other factors, can result in mental health problems. So while it is common for people to assume that those suffering from mental illnesses are simply "seeking attention" or can "sleep it off," this is in fact not the case. So be kind to others, because we can never comprehend someone's situation or consider their experiences unless we first listen, understand, and accept them. 💜

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The Human Mind

There are over 200 known mental health conditions, with nearly 300 listed in the DSM-5 (An American Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). Conditions include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, psychotic disorders and more. Although there are many known conditions, the incidence rates vary amongst them.

Here are some common examples that you might already be familiar with:

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 😬

Depression 🙁

Anxiety 😰

Common Mental Health Conditions

Psychosis 😵

Bipolar Disorder 🎭

Eating Disorders 🧑‍🍳

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) 🙍‍♀️

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Eating Disorders

Unhealthy eating, exercising and weight checking habits that preoccupy ones life.

  • Examples = Anorexia + Bulimia 

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Psychosis

When one has an impairment in their perception and interpretation of reality.

  • Symptoms = Hallucinations + Delusions

Types of Mental Health Conditions

Mental Health Blogs

Videos on MH

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