The saying “ignorance is bliss” couldn’t be less relevant when it comes to mental health or emotional illness. Ignorance, in this case, invites and perpetuates the notion that a mental disorder is synonymous with a lack of intelligence or that mental illness deems a person a disgrace or a danger to themselves and others. Consider the definition of mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): A condition that impacts a person's thinking, feeling or mood and may affect his or her ability to relate to others and function on a daily basis. Each person will have different experiences, even people with the same diagnosis.”
The truth is that now more than ever our culture recognizes that we are all prone to mental dysfunction at some point in our lives. Life is challenging. Our systems are taxed by environmental issues, financial pressure, and lack of proper education compounded with genetic factors. When you add it all up, there’s no denying that the human condition has evolved so that most of us are swimming through an ocean of potential for difficult circumstances beyond our control. For this reason, we as people are desperate for kindness, patience and empathy. Yet, many of us are pushed to limits that suck the joy out of us leaving little room for compassion for others.
NAMI, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, is on a perpetual mission to break down stigmas and spread truth to replace the myths and misconceptions. Look at the facts.
- One in five adults experiences a mental health condition every year.
- One in 20 lives with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
- In addition to the person directly experiencing by a mental illness, family, friends and communities are also affected.
- 50% of mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75% of mental health conditions develop by age 24.
- The normal personality and behavior changes of adolescence may mimic or mask symptoms of a mental health condition.
Chipping away at the stigmas largely depends on education, open discussion and humanizing circumstances that illustrate the vulnerability we all share. Genetics play a tremendous role in the presence of mental conditions, which has no bearing on one’s self-worth. The potential also exists in unexpected events, such as a head injury sustained in a car accident, which could easily render one suddenly and severely mentally and/or physically damaged.
Unfortunately, stigmas can stop women from getting the help they need, such as for anxiety and depression, because they fear judgment. But ignoring such issues only compound them and create new problems. No matter what your circumstances may be, Brookhaven Retreat ® LLC, a unique residential treatment facility exclusively for women with mental health and/or substance abuse issues, offers a 90-day rehab opportunity for women called The Lily Program®.
Brookhaven Retreat, nestled in the foothills of Tennessee, is a unique voluntary residential program offers a sabbatical of sorts for women who want their lives to be different. The program is specially designed to help women to manage alcohol and medication challenges, depression, emotional trauma, bipolar disorder, anxiety and mood disorders, which leave a woman feeling trapped with no means to escape or ability to move forward successfully.
Considering we have only one life to live, there’s no better reason not make it one worth living. Ignorance is not bliss. Learning the beauty of expansion and the freedom it offers can make a world of difference. The 90 days you give yourself is well deserved and will last a lifetime.