Mental Health Issues.
We’ve all heard about these issues, and yet we rarely talk about them. While gaining more and more acceptance over the years, there is still a stigma surrounding this epidemic. That’s right I said epidemic. Check out these eye-opening statistics:
- 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year
- 1 in 25 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year
- 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year
- 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24
- Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34
I myself have experienced the life changing effects of having mental illnesses. Its a bit comforting, albeit in a kind of dark way, to know that so many people have also faced down these same demons. It took me years and years to just be able to talk about it with my closest friend. The stigma of being labeled as weak, or broken, or crazy was enough for me to just try and push everything down and pretend that nothing was wrong. That was exactly the wrong thing to do, but through the years I guess I was just waiting on someone to say, “Tell Me” about it.
Buggie’s latest music video for, “Tell Me” hopes to bring a sense of acceptance, awareness, and motivation to anyone experiencing mental health issues. Kudos to Buggie for using his music to send a very powerful and inspiring message.
So why you look frustrated
Why so bothered, irritated
Sometimes life gets complicated
Don’t be stressin you gon make it, Oh Yea
Wont you tell me bout itLyrics from “Tell Me”
This inspiring message is hopefully reciprocated in the rest of society as the years come. We dont need to be afraid to talk about our troubles, in fact that’s the best way to deal with them. For anyone feeling hopeless please, please reach out to someone, anyone and simply say I need help.
Great work Buggie!
Call the NAMI Helpline at 800-950-NAMI
OR in a crisis text “NAMI” to 741741 or contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
You are not alone!