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Speak out and Fight Mental Health Stigma!

By Darcsunshine


Educate Yourself Educate Others You can make a The fact that you are here already makes a difference! THANK YOU. Congratulations on taking the first step to raising mental health awareness. Your commitment to sharing important information with your community will make a big difference in the lives of others. Thank you for taking action. Health conditions that are characterized by alterations in thinking, mood, or behavior (or some combination of those) associated with distress and/or impaired functioning. Did you know that mental health conditions are common? 1 in 4 young adults has a mental health condition. Mental health conditions are a result of a variety of factors, including biological and environmental. Stigma is the number one barrier to seeking help. Raising mental health awareness with the facts helps to end stigma and to create more supportive communities.

10 common warning signs of a mental health condition: Feeling very sad or withdrawn for more than 2 weeks (e.g., crying regularly, feeling fatigued, feeling unmotivated)  Seriously trying to harm or kill oneself or making plans to do so Severe out-of-control, risk-taking behaviors that can cause harm to self or others. Sudden overwhelming fear for no reason, sometimes with a racing heart, physical discomfort or fast breathing  Not eating, throwing up or using laxatives to lose weight; significant weight loss or weight gain  Severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships  Repeated use of drugs or alcohol Drastic changes in behavior, personality or sleeping habits (e.g. waking up early and acting agitated)  Extreme difficulty in concentrating or staying still that puts a person in physical danger or causes school failure for younger adults Intense worries or fears that get in the way of daily activities like hanging out with friends or going to classes Raising mental health awareness about common warning signs leads to more individuals in need of getting help. Learn how to help a friend or loved one by clicking on this link:



Speak out and fight mental health stigma!
Speak out and fight mental health stigma!
Speak out and fight mental health stigma!

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