I am writing this blog to that person who suffers from mental illness and is afraid or ashamed to seek help. Please remember that you are not alone. The latest statistics from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) cites that 1 in 5 Americans suffer from some sort of mental illness.
Mental Illness is a frightening disease to cope with. I’m sure there are times when you feel alone, confused, and scared. I hope you have friends with whom you can share your thoughts. Remember that mental illness is a treatable illness. The internet may be a valuable resource allowing you to search for support groups that address your specific issues. There are dedicated mental health professionals in your community that can listen, treat, and offer support to you.
I believe in positive change. I feel we are all bound together by the experience. The Human experience. No one should have to feel afraid or ashamed of seeking help for mental illness. I truly hope that you can reach out and find help for yourself. I know you can do it.
-By David Dziegielewski, Operations Assistant
Have you been affected by mental illness and found yourself afraid or unsure of where to turn for help? In the comments, please share any resources you’ve found helpful, or ways social support has impacted your or a loved one’s healing journey.