National Suicide Prevention Day 2015

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Mental illness is something that effects at least 1 in 4 of us all around the world. It can be incredibly difficult to deal with and it can drive many to the point of suicide.

Today is National Suicide Prevention Day, this day exists to give those who feel as though they have nothing to live for hope. Everyone needs help every now and then, but those who need it most are often too scared to ask for it. People who fight mental illness every single day need help, and they're often too scared to ask for it.

Up to 15% of people suffering with a mental illness will die by suicide and many people have more than one diagnosis, mixed anxiety and depression being the most common, so when it comes to dealing with it, it can be even more difficult. Suicide rates show that British men are three times as likely to die by suicide than British women, this is due to the fact that women are more likely to get help from a mental health service earlier than men. Self-harm statistics for the UK show one of the highest rates in Europe: 400 per 100,000. And even when all of this is happening, still only 90% on people view physical health and mental health as equally important. Why isn't it 100? 

But it's not just adults that deal with mental health issues. Around 10 percent of children will have a mental health problem at any one time and around 1/6 high school students have considered ending their life. 

I don't know about you but I think these statistics are definitely too high and need to be brought down a whole lot. 

Mental illness is something that I hold very close to my heart as I, myself, deal with mental illness every single day.

A few months ago, I was diagnosed with social anxiety and depression. I've been dealing with this for many years on my own but when it got to the point where I couldn't even go to college without having a panic attack, it had gone too far. I ended up dropping out of college at the end of March and I went to see my doctor two months later to get help.

Getting help is the first step to recovery but it takes a lot of courage and support to make that step. They always say that the first step is the hardest part about it all. I mean none of it is a walk in the park but some parts are easier than others. 

All it takes is a conversation to give someone that little push towards getting help. People need other people and without support from the people around them, mental illness will forever be a problem. People need to be more aware of the dangers of mental illness and the serious effect is has on someones life. All it takes is a conversation. Spreading awareness however you can, a share, a like, a comment, it can all make a huge difference. 

The last statistic that I have for you is that 55% of people have had someone talk to them about, know someone who attempted, and/or know someone who died by suicide. If I can urge you to do one thing today, it's to start a conversation with someone, anyone, about mental illness and educate yourself. I can guarantee there's already someone in your life who has dealt or is dealing with mental illness. 

Some useful websites for educating yourself further: 

Thank you for reading this post, I hope it helped someone out there. 

Caitlin x

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