- Some people strive to exercise control over the individuals and circumstances around them—attempting to change others and redirect events to avoid bad outcomes. This rarely works.
- Some people think endlessly about things they can’t fix, or potential catastrophic outcomes that usually don’t happen. This also is unhelpful. It’s better to identify your specific fears and decide if they have merit. Consider the worst-case scenario. Could you deal with it? Probably!
- Make a plan and take action in areas where you realistically have influence. Let go of the rest.
Stamp Out Stigma is taking the opportunity this month to bring more awareness to general mental health education, as well as depression awareness and will be highlighting the importance of educating yourself on mental health conditions and how to help others seek treatment, since there is still a stigma associated with mental illness. It’s our job to help end the stigma surrounding mental health by sharing resources and starting conversations. Throughout the month of October, Stamp Out Stigma encourages family, friends, and loved ones to learn more about mental illness and what resources are available to help those find treatment. Here are some important facts you should know:
- Only about half of Americans diagnosed with major depression in a given year receive treatment for it and one fifth receive treatment aligned with current practice guidelines.
- In the United States, almost half of adults (46.4 percent) will experience a mental illness during their lifetime.
- Depression is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15 to 44.
- Mental health workforce shortage Many states saw some improvement in their individual to mental health provider ratio. But in states with the lowest workforce there was almost 4 times the number individuals to only 1 mental health provider.
- Approximately 35% of adults with major depressive episode did not receive treatment.