Mental health is not a subject that is always talked about, and many individuals suffering from depression and other mental health challenges refrain from getting the help they need due to the stigma surrounding it. Depression takes a toll both mentally and physically, evaporating an individual’s energy and making him or her feel that much of life is not worth experiencing. It is critical that we reframe the subject of depression and realize that these mental health disorders are much more common than society thinks. Globally, 350,000,000 people are affected by some sort of depression, with approximately 16,000,000 of those being U.S. adults. 11% of adolescents have a depressive disorder by the age of 18, and 30% of college students report feeling depressed. These numbers are striking and can help us to understand that depression should not be a quiet topic, but rather one that can be addressed and talked about. Depression and other mental health disorders often accompany alcohol and substance abuse, and finding help for a co-occurring disorder is the first step to healing and growing.
Click here to read the facts from Lindsay Holmes for Huffington Post.