Mental Health Awareness Week๐Ÿ’š

Welcome to Mental Health Awareness Week...

Let’s start off learning all about depression,suicide and the different types and symptoms :

Depression is often described as a psychological disease. There are several types of depression, ranging from mild to severe. Itโ€™s hard to identify factors that cause depression. However there have been many studies done to try and understand the underlying causes of depression to help prevent it. Moreover, more studies have been performed on what type of medical assistance helps to treat depression best.

The most noticeable symptom of depression is feeling sad for a long period of time. This involves feeling sad for at least two weeks. However, with most depressed people, this symptom lasts for much longer. This symptom in itself brings on many other conditions; for example, feeling sad may trigger suicidal thoughts.

Generally, two types of suicidal people have been identified: those who are serious about it and those who want attention. This is not to say one type is more severe than the other โ€“ both require attention and care by close relatives, friends and professionals. In the beginning, most people with depression are not serious about it, but suicidal thoughts are triggered by their long depression period. They may show this through reading many books and other materials on the subject of suicide. They may start talking about it more often in daily conversation. These are all signs that they are thinking of suicide and want some help. In fact, itโ€™s very important to talk to them about it, even casually, to show them that you have interest in their lives.

Contrast this with the most serious suicidal people โ€“ these people do not talk or mention their suicidal tendencies because theyโ€™d like to act on them and they want no one to ruin their plan. These people can be helped too. They require more attention, especially more medical and professional attention. Simply talking to them about suicide may not help.

Depression has many other symptoms that vary from person to person. Some people may lose their appetite or gain more appetite. They may lose or gain weight unexpectedly. They may start forming different habits โ€“ like listening to different music or gaining new friends. Of course, this isnโ€™t a sure sign of a depression, but when many of these elements are combined they may be warning signs.

Depression may have different causes for different people. Some major reasons for depression have been identified, like social isolation, substance abuse, stress, a death in the family and disability. When more than one symptom occurs at the same time, the risk of depression is higher.
When trying to help others with their depression, be very empathetic. They may need more attention and support, but they donโ€™t need anyone telling them how to feel and that life is rosy. Everyone can escape depression given the right conditions.
If you or someone you know is suffering alone, please don’t!! It’s not weak to ask for help….

General Statics:

  • Nearly 1 in 5 American adults will have a diagnosable mental health condition in any given year.
  • 46 percent of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition sometime in their life, and half of those people will develop conditions by the age of 14.

Screening Specifics:

  • 74%of people who take a screen at mhascreening.org score positive or show moderate to severe signs of a mental health condition.
  • 78% of people who take the alcohol or substance use screen at mhascreening.org are likely to have a substance use disorder.
  • 72% of people who take the anxiety screen at mhascreening.org show signs of moderate to severe anxiety.

You are not alone,

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Life Empowerment Mentor/ Transformation Coach

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One Year Ago Today!

One year ago today, the day started out ok but I had known idea how it would end. Like most days I was feeling sad, depressed, worthless, and tired. I got up and got dress for work not knowing if I wanted to continue with this gloomy day. Life last year was horrible at least I thought so, I didn’t even feel like getting up to shower. My marriage was on the rocks, my family wasn’t supportive, and I wanted out. At this time I had began working at the school thinking that if Iย at least accomplished one of my dreams I would feel better. Well, that didn’t work out so well! Everyday I saw those kids as a reminder of how I failed as a parent, around this time my son was also facing major jail time. I was a complete wreck and no one cared, they just went about their days unphased about me. How could they have not known, how could they have not cared? I was always there for their needs, taking on the burden of others problems. When it came to me, they left me out in the cold to figure out this horrible life myself. “Fuck it”, I thought! Fuck life, this job, my child, husband, and family. They didn’t care why should I?ย 

I left work that day feeling so horrible and down, I beganย drinking and drinking! My husband knew something was up, but of course he didn’t care enough to ask me what was wrong? So I drank some more, it was eventually night-time and I had a BIG argument with my hubby. I got in my car and left, I wanted to drive until I ran out of gas. Instead I went to the store and purchased more to drink and went to the park. Usually, when I’m here I can find peace and rethink my thoughts, but not this time. I grew madย and angry. So by this time I was ready, ready to see my grandma! I drove drunk to wear she is buried and sat at her grave. I asked a million questions but still couldn’t understand why I had such a bad life. Why was my brain this way? Why can’t God hear my prayers? Why does my family suck? Life wasn’t worth living anymore, so I decided to wait on the guy to bring me something to just end it all. After that I went blank…………………….

The next thing I know I was on suicide watch in the psych ward. How did I get there? I must have driven cause my truck was parked outside. I was so drunk I couldn’t even tell them who I was. There I was locked in a room without my personal belongings, what was this place? Finally, once I slept off that drunkenness I realized that I had checked myself into the mental hospital?????? What???? I have never in my life seen the inside of a mental hospital, a jail cell, but a mental hospital. There I was in a gown, heard them say that my phone was ringing all night. I finally came to my senses and just accepted that I need this help! I need to get my life back on track, boy what difference a year makes.ย 

Ms. Fran

Why African Americans don’t take Mental Health serious?

When it comes to mental health, African-Americans are no more different from the rest of the population. They have just decided that mental health isn’t worth discussing or seeking help. Without the proper mental health treatment we can not live a proper life. Seeking help shouldn’t be taboo, but it is in our community. African-Americans are likely 20 more times to suffer from the disease compared to our caucasian brother and sisters. Any oneย can develop a serious case of a mental health issue, it’s just more common in African-American community. So with that being said, we don’t seek help because we have lack of knowledge about mental illness, we lack health care, and the fear of judgement keeps us from getting diagnoseย You can read more on this in my e-book on Amazon!

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Mental Health Awareness Month!

Good morning, it’s May and the start of Mental Health Awareness Month. I will be flooding my FB, Instagram, Twitter and WP with useful information for those who still don’t believe Mental Health is an illness. After suffering and being diagnosed, I wouldn’t wish the fight I have with my brain on anybody. This disease can be hard to deal with, some recover and some don’t. Although I’m trying my best to heal, some days have been hard. As I continue on my path to healing, I intend to make my voice heard and if I only get one person to open up that’s enough for me. There’s nothing to be ashamed of and I will no longer be afraid to share my story. So let’s talk….

Ms. Fran

To excited to sleep!!!

It’s about 2:05 a.m. my time and I haven’t been to sleep yet!!!! I’m so excited that Monday went so well, and I’m so happy to be up and not crying!! So I stayed up designing a new Tshirt I want to start selling. After telling someone about my new job, the idiot said “so you not depressed anymore “? WTH? I just can’t turn it on and off just like that stupid.๐Ÿ˜’ So I know that I got to get this message out about Mental Health. I just can’t believe some people, much less the nerve to say that to my face! I heard on the news today about how high the suicide rate is among our vets and it continues to grow!! We have to get the word out, no one should have to suffer in silence. With that being said please take a look at my shirts and let me know what you think!? Chat soon friends!!

Ms. Fran ๐Ÿ’–