No one cares about crazy people. Do you?

Meet the Powers Family

The Powers family in 1985, with the author holding his son Dean, and his wife, Honoree, holding Kevin. Retrieved from The New York Times on 20 April 2017.

Ron Powers is the father of Kevin and Dean whom have been diagnosed with Schizophrenia. He discusses in his book, "NO ONE CARES ABOUT CRAZY PEOPLE", the negative connotation mental illnesses entail in our society today. In this moving and empathetic novel, Powers strives to remove the view of individuals who experience mental disorders as broken and fearful. With your help, together we can demonstrate to the world that mental illnesses are not to be ashamed of but instead perceived as a unique, sensitive matter. Pay attention.

Some statistics: "Approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life. For children aged 8–15, the estimate is 13%.3" (National Institute of Mental Health, 2015).

Those who are suffering from mental illnesses need our help in eliminating the stigma surrounding their disorders.

Do any of these statements sound familiar?

  1. "People with psychological disorders are often violent and dangerous.”
  2. "People with psychological disorders behave in bizarre ways and are different from normal people."
  3. "Psychological disorders are incurable."

Can you name someone struggling with a mental disorder as of today? Have you ever lost a beloved one to the onsets of mental illness?

To gain a better understanding on the reality of mental illness, look at the diagram below for the primary facts for adults in America.

National Alliance on Mental Illness. Retrieved on 13 Apr. 2016.

Teenagers and young adults need guidance when encountering mental disorders. By clicking the link below you can read more into the lives of "young minds" who are affected by mental health.

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/

“We teach our kids the importance of good dental care, proper nutrition, and financial responsibility. How many of us teach our children to monitor their own brain health, or know how to do it ourselves?” ― Sue Klebold, A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy
Sue Klebold on Fox News Radio (24 Feb. 2016). Retrieved 17 April 2017.

Sue Klebold, mother of Columbine shooter, Dylan Klebold, is a prime example as to how YOU can make a difference in a child's life before it is too late. With knowing the caution signs of mental disorders, you can protect a child from subduing to the effects of a mental illness. The issue of the shame and weakness revolving mental illness is not only prevalent within our homes but also our educational institutions.

Mental disorders will not be taken lightly no longer.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) are both organizations whom also strive to provide individuals with the support and education they are longing such as finding a therapist or efficient treatment that works best for them. These organizations supply the public with a variety of tips for those individuals who are struggling with anxiety and stress as well.

Regularly stressed or anxious? Scroll below to discover ways to alleviate your tension quickly.

There are many tips as to how to be rid of your anxiety including but not limited to getting enough sleep or eating well-balanced meals.

Not only are children and young adults affected by mental health disorders but also our once so lively elders. Mental illnesses affect individuals of all ages. Pay attention.

Many of our legendary stars, such as Robin Williams, battle with or have battled mental health disorders.

Watch this video below to understand the impact mental illnesses may have even on our most famous celebrities. Help change how this matter is perceived into a more positive light.

With your help we can eliminate the quiet conversation surrounding mental disorders and protect those we love. It is only a matter of time.

Looking to get involved?

"Awareness Week Focuses on Mental Health" (October 2012)

Events striving to raise awareness on mental health occur throughout the entire year. Take the time to get out and show your support for your fellow neighbors and families.

May: Mental Health Month/Children's Mental Health Awareness Week (May 3-9)
  • This upcoming May, "NAMI joins communities around the country in raising awareness about the mental health needs of America’s youngest citizens. It is a week to focus on children and youth living with mental illness and to come together to advocate for a full array of effective services and supports for children affected by mental illness" (NAMI, 2017).
July: National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
September: Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
October: Mental Illness Awareness Week

Empower the individuals of America who are grappling mental illnesses. Opportunities to take a stand for this exceptional endeavor are awaiting you.

Imagine the love and care you have for your family but keep in mind the other families that are striving to defeat the dismissive and weak portrayal of many mental disorders. They need your help.

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