Every individual has their own situation that warrants different "levels" of mental health. Over the course of our lifetime, half of us will have dealt with some type of mental health challenge – some will be more serious than others though. Here's the good news: we're working to build a better and safer environment in California.
People with mental illnesses are stigmatized by the societal narrative and lack of awareness surrounding mental wellbeing. Everyday, people are suffering because they feel wrong, outcasted, lonely, dramatic, or deffective – all because people dismiss the importance of mental health. But it is important. Mental health is vital to overall health. Precisely 41.2% of Californian adults reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder during 2020, according to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The longer we refuse to thoroughly combat and address this issue with safe, effective measures, this number will continue to skyrocket. Failure to recognize the problem leading to the continuation of stigmatization, and failure to receive the right treatment can lead to extreme detrimental effects. People with mental illnesses are just as important as people with physical illnesses. The only difference: a mental illness diagnosis is not a death sentence.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health cases were already on the rise for a plethora of reasons – social media, unethical working hours, competition, etc. Now, the hard hitting effects of the pandemic are taking its toll on everyone. Since the beginning of the pandemic, precisely 69% of Californian adults have reported experiencing mental health symptoms. Yet, only 31% have acknowledged and tried to improve their mental health. This leaves uncertainty for the future – if one needs help and they are not able to get it, what are we to do? The best solution is to educate and make tangible differences within California.The rise of moderately severe and severe cases represents a big problem in California
It's as simple as that.
This is why Coast-to-Coast Mental Health Awareness needs your help! Our goal is to reduce the stigma of mental health problems in California. With your help, we will be able to help lower the numbers. Even a small donation would help us greatly. What are you waiting for? It's your time to help ease this problem!Although the situation has gotten better post-reopening, California still has higher rates of symptoms than the nation.It's our responsibility to help future generations from these mental disorders.More people should have access to resources if they have these symptoms.Only raising awareness and education can prevent the steady increase of overdoses.