Why we need to normalize the conversation...

Less judgment, more understanding, and creating safe places will encourage someone to ask for help. Additionally, everyone experiences some form of trauma in their life. Trauma is defined by something that makes you change the way you view life and or yourself.

Did you know that SUICIDE was the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and the 8th leading cause for Nevadans during 2018 (the most recent year in which final data are available)?  There were 48,344 suicides in 2018, over 5,000 deaths more than the 11th leading cause of death, Chronic liver disease, and cirrhosis (42,838 deaths).

Source: National Vital Statistics System, 2018

Something we rarely talk about and should is how often we lose a life to suicide.

Below reflects just how often we lose someone to suicide. My goal is to create more awareness and help people before they get to that dark place where they have no other choice but to take their life. The reality is that 1 out of 5 people will or have dealt with some depression. Help me create a place that people are not afraid to speak up and ask for help. Because by the time you finished reading this paragraph, we just lost another life.

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Below are some facts for you to think about:

  • In 2018, Nevada’s suicide rate jumped to being ranked #5 in the nation
  • 71% of adults reported at least one symptom of stress, such as headaches or feeling overwhelmed or anxious.
  • “Treatments are available, but nearly two-thirds of people with a known mental disorder never seek help from a health professional. Stigma, discrimination, and neglect prevent care and treatment from reaching people with mental disorders,” says the World Health Organization (WHO). Where there is neglect, there is little or no understanding. Where there is no understanding, there is neglect. We must change this.
  • Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 43.2% are receiving treatment.
  • It’s not uncommon for someone with an anxiety disorder to also suffer from depression or vice versa. Nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.
  • Anxiety disorders affect 25.1% of children between 13 and 18 years old. Research shows that untreated children with anxiety disorders are at higher risk of performing poorly in school, missing out on meaningful social experiences, and engaging in substance abuse.
  • Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. 
  • Almost 75% of people with mental disorders remain untreated in developing countries, with nearly 1 million people taking their lives each year. In addition, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1 in 13 globally suffers from anxiety. The WHO reports that anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorders worldwide, with specific phobia, major depressive disorder, and social phobia being the most common anxiety disorders.
  • Nearly one and less than 5 adults aged 18 and older report some mental illness.
  • Research says for every US $1 put into scaled-up treatment for mental health; there is a return of US $4 in improved health and productivity.

Mental health is just as important as physical health. We are creating more awareness around suicide, yet we are not seeing the major impact on decreasing suicidal rates. You might ask yourself, why is that?

Society hasn’t yet changed its perception on how they view mental health. Why would anyone admit they are not doing okay if they will have to face repercussions like lack of job growth or promotional opportunities or even the respect from their peers. Not to mention the ability to not be able to get a license or have their license rebuked. Our military personnel and veterans  have been dealing with this since the Vietnam war. My goal is to help eradicate the stigmas pertaining to mental health so people will feel empowered, encouraged, and even inspired to ask for help.

To find out how you can empower yourself or empower others, click the button below, I Want To Help.

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Sharing my story to create a safe an open platform to promote mental health is what I am most passionate about. I utilize my Masters in Human Services and 15+ years of HR experience, leadership and development knowledge to empower and teach about mental health awareness, life coping skills, and community building techniques. Schedule a 30 minute call with me and let’s discuss what you want to accomplish.