Bringing Awareness to Mental Health


Imagine being locked away in a dark room for days with no light or communication. Once you see a light and go towards it, the light goes out and you’re suddenly in the dark again. The next thing you do is worry, because all you can do is worry. Your breathing intensifies, you’re shaking, and tears are forming. You want to sleep because it’s dark, but worrying keeps you awake. So what can you do? You can’t really do anything. The darkness keeps you from trying, and the worrying doesn’t help.

What you just read is a metaphor for depression and anxiety.  Some of these illnesses are featured in the picture above.  Depression eats away at you, cancels your plans, forces you to be tired, and convinces you to do or say horrible things. Anxiety asks repeatedly if your friends will be mad for canceling when you don’t have a clear answer. Mental illnesses are not something people take seriously, but they should. These illnesses can lead to serious issues, such as a change of attitude towards others, hurting yourself, and suicide.

According to NAMI, 90% of people who have committed suicide have had some sort of mental illness. Depression and anxiety can be caused by both verbal and physical abuse. To help prevent some of these issues, just be nice to people. You never know how bad someone could be dealing with something.

PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) is also another form of mental illness. Someone with PTSD may have nightmares, or not be able to sleep. If the event that triggered this were to happen in a specific place, the person might avoid or feel upset around that place.

Do you ever wonder if someone is depressed or think you are depressed yourself? There are plenty of online tests to take to find out.  Some symptoms include aggravation, insomnia, anxiety, excess sleep, lots of crying, under or over eating, constantly getting lost in your own thoughts, and more.

There are many ways to ask for help if you are struggling with some sort of mental illness. Here are a few hotlines to talk to if you are feeling down.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 (Call or text)

Samaritans 24-hour Crisis Hotline: 212-673-3000 (Call)

Crisis Text Line: 741741 (Text)

By: McKenzie Tooman

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