“After being homeless for a period of time, a homeless person gains a mental illness, if nothing else the depression or anxiety that goes with it... we stay exhausted physically because we’re exhausted psychologically and mentally.” Three Redding residents who are experiencing or have experienced homelessness shed light on the connection between mental wellness and stable housing. Watch this short, 8 minute video to learn more about their stories.
“I don't know if I was born with drugs in my body or not. But my mom used drugs while she was pregnant with me. So it wasn't long before kids at school were calling me a 'crack baby.'"
“With one in 10 children between the ages of five and 16 dealing with diagnosable mental health issues, it’s not enough to simply educate teachers. Students also need to be empowered on the issues and take the lead in helping build a safe and open environment for discussion of mental health in schools.”
“In 2013, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimated that 2.3 million kids aged 12 to 17 had used drugs. Only about 5.4% of those adolescents entered into any kind of a treatment program.”
“Many people, and especially college students in my opinion, believe they have to suffer in silence from mental illnesses. There is a serious stigma and lack of sympathy for them that has been expressed throughout our society over the years.”
Mental health advocate Chris Brownson discusses mental health stigma and believes that “We have the opportunity to change the culture of stigma in mental illness by educating, creating awareness among teachers, empowering school counselors, and being role models for our students.”
“This network of student-run groups has over 400 sites on high school and college campuses across the country that are fighting Distorted Perceptions by “promoting awareness of mental health, supporting students who are struggling, and help connecting them to counseling. They are changing the environment on campuses by welcoming students to share their suffering and seek help.’”
“A final piece of the puzzle is the need to overcome the societal stigma of addiction. ‘If you talk to kids in recovery, they will tell you the first time they felt… not necessarily singled out for having a substance use disorder is when they arrived at a recovery school.’”
“I ended up having to finish my grade 11 and grade 12 year in the hospital … a lot of people tell me to just pick up the food and eat it, but that’s not how it works [with anorexia]. I’ve lost too many friends because of all this. Running away from me wasn’t the answer … slowly integrating back into the real world is what got me better.”
“Spend much time around teenagers and you won’t have trouble coming up with a number of adjectives to describe their attitudes and behaviors, but “shy” probably won’t be at the top of the list. From attention-grabbing fashion decisions to passionate beliefs to a somewhat disquieting tendency to share intimate and outlandish thoughts and images with the world via the Internet, today’s teens seem to be fearless when it comes to expressing themselves on any topic that is important to them.”