You have probably come across descriptions of mental illnesses like depression, bipolar, and schizophrenia online or in school. You might be able to list off some of the symptoms but, if you were going through it, would be able to identify it?
One out of five Americans will experience mental illness. That’s a large percentage of our population. It means that even if you are not living with a mental illness, someone close to you most likely is.
Life with mental illness feels different for each person. Often, this makes identifying the signs of mental illness confusing for those who are experiencing it. Shame and stigmas about mental illness also keep many people silent when they fear that they are experiencing symptoms. Seeking treatment and support can be daunting. That is why Mental Health America (MHA) has launched the What Mental Health Feels Like campaign this month.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. MHA has been encouraging those with mental illness to share what it feels like for them online with the hashtag #mentalillnessfeelslike. The goal of this campaign is to reduce discrimination and stigmas along with fostering support from friends, family and the online community. Most of all, the hope is that those living in silence will realize that they are not isolated and alone when they come across these stories and that they will feel empowered to seek help.
Here at Pure Hemp Botanicals, where health is always a big focus, we believe that mental health is as important as physical health. We have been excited to see the research that has come out about CBD’s potential to treat mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar, and schizophrenia. While there are many effective treatments available for these illnesses, we are glad that the scientific community is exploring CBD alternatives that might have less potential side effects and would utilize our bodies’ natural repair kit: the endocannabinoid system. This is why we have chosen to spread awareness about the What Mental Health Feels Like campaign.
If you would like to learn more about what it is like to live with mental illness or ways that you can seek treatment, check out these wonderful fact sheets put together by MHA:
Life With Anxiety (PDF)
Life With Depression (PDF)
Life With Bipolar (PDF)
Life With Psychosis (PDF)
If you are living with a mental illness, you can share your story anonymously and potentially help others who may be struggling.
Battling stigmas about cannabis throughout the last two years has taught us how great of a challenge that can be. We know that living with a condition that is stigmatized is even harder. We have seen how sharing our stories and educating others does make a big impact. We hope you will experience that too.