We know that one in five people will experience a mental illness at some point in their lives. It’s very common and it’s also treatable. However, stigma often prevents us from talking about our mental well-being with the comfort and ease that we talk about what’s good for other aspects of our health.
- Feeling very sad, withdrawn or unmotivated for more than two weeks.
- Making plans or trying to harm or kill oneself.
- Out-of-control, risk-taking behaviors.
- Sudden overwhelming fear for no reason, sometimes with a racing heart or fast breathing.
- Not eating, throwing up or using laxatives to lose weight, significant weight loss or weight gain.
- Severe mood swings causing problems in relationships.
- Excess use of drugs or alcohol.
- Drastic changes in behavior, personality or sleeping habits.
- Extreme difficulty in concentrating or staying still.
- Intense worries or fears getting in the way of daily activities like hanging out with friends or going to classes.
If you or someone you know is struggling, contact an adult and seek professional support. In the case of an emergency, dial 9-1-1.
Learn more about stigma on Change to Chill’s website.