There is a clear and serious mental healthcare crisis taking place in America. In a given year, more than 25% of adults are diagnosed with serious mental disorders such as anxiety, eating disorders, and depression. When these disorders go untreated, individuals end often end up in the emergency room, or worse, prison. The latter is often due to the stigmatization of the mentally ill as criminals, which is simply untrue.
If you are like the 25% of Americans suffering from mental illness, it can be easy to understand that seeking treatment is not always easy. Discussing mental illness isn’t the same as discussing a broken leg–it is an intangible, but very real affliction and sometimes, help can feel inaccessible.