It’s time to give mental health the voice and attention it deserves because it is essential to the health and well-being of every American. We now know that mental illnesses are diseases of the brain that can be reliably diagnosed and effectively treated. We possess the knowledge and techniques that can help millions of Americans manage threats to their mental health, stay resilient and live healthy and productive lives. Recovery is not only possible, but likely.
The challenges that so many Americans face today demand urgent action when it comes to mental health. The economic crises is wrecking havoc with families, causing stress and likely increasing rates of depression. From relaxation techniques to journaling exercises to simple ways to get better sleep and improve eating habits, these methods offer a wide range of resources to build resiliency and well-being.
On February 19th, Mental Health America officially launched RealLives , an unique online community where mental health consumers can share their experiences of living with mental health conditions through original writing, artwork and poetry. This one of a kind website is a bold step toward acclimating mental health conditions into Americans’ daily lives by breaking the silence that shrouds mental illness in America.
RealLives gives a voice to the 60 million Americans living with mental illness where both daily struggles and personal triumphs can be shared freely and anonymously.
Source: The Bell, Spring 2009