I am super excited to be joining some of my fellow mental health bloggers in the Green Button Campaign this year!
The Green Button Campaign is a movement created around the idea of bringing greater awareness of the lesser-known mental illness’ and support to those struggling with all types mental illness. The Green Button Campaign was co-founded by Chaz from Unlunacy, a lifestyle and mental health blog, and Megan at Megan Blogs About, a lifestyle blog.
The campaign is currently UK-based with plans of becoming a full-fledged charity in both the UK and the US. As such, the current focus will be on Mental Health Week, designated by the Mental Health Foundation based in the UK, during the week of May 14-20, 2018. As I am in the US, I’ll also be focusing on Mental Health Month, designated by Mental Health America based in the US during the entire month of May, 2018.
Our efforts will be continuous, regardless of the date, but we will be using the above dates to really boost our message and get the word out everywhere!
What does this mean for you?
During the entire month of May, I’ll be focused on mental health issues and concerns here on the blog. More specifically, during the week of May 14-20, I’ll be focusing on the mental health issues and concerns of children and teens. While it’s a bit outside the parameters of the Green Button Campaign’s focus of lesser-known illnesses, the mental health of children and teens is often overlooked as we tend to hear more about the struggles of adults.
For many of us, our mental health issues began in childhood. I firmly believe if we were more proactive about the mental health concerns in children, we’d be far better equipped to deal with our illness’ as adults–with far less stigma.I firmly believe if we were more proactive about the mental health concerns in children, we'd be far better equipped to deal with our illness' as adults--with far less stigma attached to the issue.Click To Tweet
Did you know . . .
IN THE UK:
- In 2016, 5,668 suicides were recorded in Great Britain. Of these, 75% were male and 25% were female.1Between 2003 and 2013, 18,220 people with mental health problems took their own life in the UK.2One person in fifteen had made a suicide attempt at some point in their life.416 million people in the UK experience a mental illness. One in four adults will experience a mental illness at some point each year in the UK.
- Three in four mental illnesses start in childhood. 75% of mental illnesses start before a child reaches their 18th birthday, while 50% of mental health problems in adult life take root before the age of 15.
- 75% of young people with a mental health problem are not receiving treatment. There’s been a rise in the time children are having to wait to receive treatment for complex mental health conditions, and children with depression and anxiety are often not being identified or given help.
IN THE US:
- 1 in 5 Adults have a mental health condition. That’s over 40 million Americans; more than the populations of New York and Florida combined.
- Most Americans still lack access to care. 56% of American adults with a mental illness do not receive treatment. Even in Maine, the state with the best access, 41.4% of adults with a mental illness do not receive treatment.
- There is a serious mental health workforce shortage. This includes psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and psychiatric nurses combined.
- 30 million Americans meet the criteria for one of the 9 personality disorders.
- Youth mental health is worsening. Rates of youth with severe depression increased from 5.9% in 2012 to 8.2% in 2015. Even with severe depression, 76% of youth are left with no or insufficient treatment.
- It is estimated that 1 in 6 people in the past week experienced a common mental health problem worldwide.
- Mental health problems are one of the main causes of the overall disease burden worldwide.
- Mental health and behavioral problems (e.g. depression, anxiety and drug use) are reported to be the primary drivers of disability worldwide, causing over 40 million years of disability in 20 to 29-year-olds.
- Major depression is thought to be the second leading cause of disability worldwide and a major contributor to the burden of suicide and ischemic heart disease.
- All sources for the above statistics and infographics are listed near the bottom of this post.
How can you help?
If you’re a blogger . . .
Join us! Visit the officialGreen Button Campaign website to let us know you’d like join in!
You can contribute in a number of ways; primarily as either a campaigner or a supporter. You’ll find specific details and contact information on the website.
If you struggle with mental illness . . .
Share your story! Writing about and sharing your story can be incredibly cathartic. If you’re interested in sharing your experiences with mental illness, regardless of what that entails, please reach out to me. I’d love to publish your story on the blog and will do so according to your requirements.
If you want your story to be shared anonymously, it will be. If you’d like me to include your name, I’ll do that. We’ll determine the specifics before it’s published!
Send me an email at: email@example.com to let me know you’re interested in sharing your story!
If you’re want to do your part to increase awareness . . .
Help us promote the campaign and share the movement!
- Use any of the green share buttons to spread the word. There will be an image attached to each of those share.
- Tweet the ready-made tweets below on Twitter.
- Pin the images below on Pinterest!
Just by spreading the word and showing your support, you’re making a big impact, and we’re incredibly grateful.
Now, go! Share things!Help us raise awareness, provide support, and reduce the stigma for those struggling with mental illness.Click To Tweet Keep an eye on the #GreenButtonCampaign during #MentalHealthWeek2018! Help us raise awareness, provide support, and reduce the stigma for those struggling with mental illness.Click To Tweet
Let me know down in the comments what you shared!