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  • Writer's pictureBayLeigh Routt

Mental Health Awareness

Did you know that 19.1% of adults in the U.S. live with an anxiety disorder? I am one of the estimated 48 million Americans with anxiety. 🙋🏻‍♀️

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this cause really matters to me because I know first-hand what it’s like living with anxiety and depression. I struggled with anxiety attacks as early as 8-9 years old. Back then, I didn’t have the words or knowledge that I do know to cope better with my anxiety. I’m really grateful for the National Alliance On Mental Illness (NAMI). They do amazing work to research mental health and promote awareness about mental illness. One of NAMI’s biggest goals is to end the stigma surrounding mental illness.

There is so much stigma that makes it difficult for people to navigate their everyday life. If possible, I strongly recommend going to therapy or find a treatment plan. I have multiple times in my life and it’s been such a HUGE help for me! Unfortunately, professional help and treatment of any kind isn’t very accessible for many people. Whether it’s financial reasons or lack of a supportive network, there are a lot of reasons someone might not be able to access great mental health care.

According to NAMI, 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experience a mental illness each year. Chances are someone you know and love is the 1 in 5, so please take time to research about mental illness and support your loved ones.


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