October 10 is observed as World Mental Health Day, with an objective to bring awareness of mental health issues around the world.

For so long so many people wore mask. While dying on the inside they moved in public with a smile, even typically working hard to make others happy. As humans we tend to want things to be okay even when they are not.  Unfortunately they typically don’t get the help they need for this reason and it ultimately results in suicide or their conditions affects their ability to function normal.

October is mostly known for being Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but did you also know it’s Mental Health Awareness Month as well. In the United States millions are living with some type of mental illness. Every 40 seconds, someone takes their life. It’s so many resources and support out there that people don’t take advantage of. For instance most employers offer EAP (Employee Assistance Programs) where a up to three counseling sessions are offered for free. It’s okay not to be okay, there are people who can help.

In 2018, about one in five adults experienced mental illness. Only approximately 43.3% received treatment. The highest demographic of adults with mental illness are females, members of the LGBT community, and caucasians.

If you need help, I encourage you to reach out to someone. A friend, family member, clergy, or therapist. Take that mask off. It’s okay not to be okay. As I’m telling you this, I’m telling myself. It’s okay, therapy is okay. Just having that person to listen and be there could change your life.

Pay attention to your friends, and occasionally check on the strong friend, the friend that has it all together. Let them know, it’s okay not to be okay.

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