Each year, 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness, 1 in 25 experience serious mental illness and 17% of youth (6-17 year old) experience a mental health disorder. Millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. However, mental illness affects everyone directly or indirectly through family, friends or coworkers. Despite mental illnesses’ reach and prevalence, stigma and misunderstanding are unfortunately, widespread.
Some are lucky enough to find stability and peace with their disorder, potentially including therapy and a medication regimen that works for them. Others never find solace, and many are unfortunately lost to suicide. There is always hope, especially when communities understand what the world is like when you have mental illness.