Mental illness is a serious issue in many parts of the world, including the United States. According to MHA (Mental Health America, an organization which researches and informs the public on mental health and ways to treat mental illnesses), about 20% of American adults have a mental illness. This is over 40 million people, and this doesn’t include minors and those living outside the U.S.
“I see [people with mental illnesses] in the schools on a daily basis,” stated CCA High School Counselor Abigail Kite. “It's unfortunate and quite the epidemic among not only Americans, but across the world.”
Social media and abusive relationships are factors that may cause mental illnesses like depression and anxiety to occur, but there isn’t a clear answer as to why other mental illnesses are being passed down to people other than through genetics.
Luckily, there are ways for people to cope with mental illnesses. Kite explained that continued conversation about mental health and mental illnesses can really help those who are suffering with one.
“We need to be open and willing to accept help and get the proper diagnosis and treatment,” she said. “Speaking from an education perspective, we need to work with kids on their resiliency and teach kids coping skills necessary to make it through adversity and encourage them to ask for help when they need it.”