There is no shame in the mental health game.
Mental health is a crucial aspect of our overall well-being, yet it is often overlooked and stigmatized. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, one in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Despite this prevalence, mental health remains a taboo topic, which can lead to feelings of shame and isolation for those who struggle with mental health issues.
Conversations about mental health can change the way people think about their own mental health and help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. When people talk openly and honestly about their experiences with mental health, it can encourage others to do the same and seek help if needed.
Statistics show that conversations about mental health can have a significant impact. According to a study conducted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), individuals who have conversations about mental health with their healthcare providers are more likely to seek treatment for mental health issues. The study found that 86% of people who had conversations about mental health with their healthcare providers went on to seek treatment, compared to only 35% of people who did not have these conversations.
In addition, conversations about mental health can help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. According to a survey conducted by the American Psychological Association, 91% of people who had conversations about mental health with others reported feeling more supported and less alone. The survey also found that 84% of people who had conversations about mental health with others reported feeling more comfortable talking about their own mental health.
Conversations about mental health can also have a positive impact on workplace culture. According to a study conducted by the Center for Workplace Mental Health, employees who feel comfortable talking about mental health in the workplace are more likely to seek help when needed and are less likely to experience mental health issues. The study also found that workplaces that promote mental health and encourage conversations about mental health have lower rates of absenteeism, presenteeism, and turnover.
The Man You Are Crazy Team's mission is to provide you with the catalyst to start these conversations. We hope to rebrand the word crazy and make it a term that is relatable to everyone.
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It's important to know that help is available for those going through a mental health crisis. Here are some resources that can provide support and assistance:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: The Lifeline provides 24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit their website at suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
Crisis Text Line: This organization provides free, 24/7 crisis support via text message. Text HOME to 741741 in the United States to connect with a trained crisis counselor. They also offer services for specific populations such as frontline workers and LGBTQ+ individuals.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): NAMI is a grassroots mental health organization that provides advocacy, education, support, and public awareness for individuals and families affected by mental illness. They offer a helpline, online support groups, and other resources to help individuals and families navigate mental health challenges. Visit their website at nami.org or call their helpline at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264).
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): SAMHSA is a federal agency that provides resources and assistance for individuals and families affected by mental illness and substance use disorders. They offer a national helpline that provides 24/7 free and confidential support for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit their website at samhsa.gov.
Local mental health clinics or hospitals: In a mental health crisis, it may be necessary to seek emergency care. Local hospitals and mental health clinics can provide assistance and support for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.
Kevin Donaldson and Chris Anderson are two individuals who are passionate about destigmatizing mental health and changing the conversation around it. They are the authors of the upcoming book "Man You Are Crazy," set to release in Fall 2023.
The book aims to help men understand and manage their mental health, while also providing guidance for loved ones who want to support them. Through their work, Donaldson and Anderson hope to inspire more men to open up about their mental health and seek help when needed, ultimately creating a more compassionate and understanding society.