Hope is Real

If you know me well, or even just a little, you know that I am an advocate for hope. I have seen many friends and family go through depression and self harm and I am persistent on them knowing hope is real.

There is an organization called To Write Love on Her Arms which was started in 2006 by a 19 year old girl who struggled with depression, drugs, and more. The organization is now worldwide spreading the message of hope love and acceptance through spreading awareness on mental health issues. Today is an awareness day and to join just write love on your arms.

To learn more go to www.twloha.com.

Here are some facts you should know to help you or those around you:

1) ABOUT DEPRESSION:

Depression is a mood disorder that manifests in symptoms including feelings of sadness or emptiness, lack of interest in activities, change in weight or appetite, irritability, loss of energy, and recurring thoughts of death or suicide.

Some statistics:
-More than 350 million people suffer from depression worldwide.
-9.7 percent of Americans have a mood disorder, such as depression.
-Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.
-About 80 percent of people diagnosed with major depression can be treated and return to their usual activities and feelings.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

2) ABOUT ADDICTION

Addiction is a chronic brain disorder. People facing an addiction cannot control their need for a given drug or alcohol; this lack of control is the result of changes in the brain, which in turn cause behavioral changes. Symptoms include developing tolerance to the effects of the substance over time and withdrawal when the person is not using the substance.

Some statistics:
-3.8 percent of the population has a substance use disorder.
-More than 25 percent of adults with a mental illness have a co-occurring substance dependence or abuse.

HOPE IS REAL!

3) ABOUT SELF-INJURY

Self-injury is the deliberate harming of one’s body without the intent of suicide. Common self-injury behaviors include scratching, cutting, burning, hitting, biting, ingesting or embedding foreign objects into the body, hair pulling, and interfering with the healing of wounds. Research shows that, often, self-injury is used as a maladaptive coping mechanism to deal with intense emotions.

Some statistics:
-14-24 percent of youth and young adults have self-injured at least once.
-4 percent of adults occasionally self-injure.
-Males and females report similar rates of self-injury.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

Please… if you or anyone you know are feeling hopeless, know that you are not alone. There are people willing to help you. Just reach out.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Hotline (SAMHSA):  1-800-662-HELP (4357)

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