– Mental health disorders are more common than and can be deadly
– 1 in 5 people have some type of mental health disorder
– This project is personal to us because we each suffer from a common mental health disorder
We learned how common certain mental health disorders are, despite the stigma around mental health in society. One in five people suffer from some sort of a mental disorder. Half of all mental illnesses show early signs before a person turns 14 years old, and 3/4 of mental illnesses begin before age 24.
This is personal for both of us because we both suffer from a mental health disorder. Because we are part of families, that means our families are affected by our medical conditions and it also means they love someone with a mental health disorder – odds are you do too.
If we were to do something different with our showcase, we probably would have gone more in-depth on each mental health disorder we covered and we would have liked to have added a few more to our presentation.
One thing we are most proud of is, after having learned about several mental health disorders and what they can do to a person, I feel better equipped to reach out to people that I know who suffer with them. I feel that this knowledge has made us, more empathetic to others. If we can make more people aware through sharing this information, then it is one small step towards making society at large more empathetic, inclusive and helpful to people with mental health disorders.
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