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October 10 was World Mental Health Day. Help is available to those who need it.

October 10 was World Mental Health Day. Help is available to those who need it.

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October 10 was World Mental Health Day. Help is available to those who need it.

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People all over the world suffer from depression and other mental illness. I have dealt and still deal with mental illnesses since I was in my early teens. I have heard from many people that are very skeptical about mental illnesses; they that believe that it is just the person having a bad day. I wanted to interview two people: one person who is young and in her teens and who is still just beginning their lives. The second person is someone who is in her mid-twenties and is still trying to figure out their life. There are over 19 million teens and adults who deal with depression and some of them are not getting the help they need, according to MedlinePlus.

To keep their identities anonymous, I have to change their names for the article. Nicole is a 17-year-old teenager that works full time with 40 hours a week and has about two days off to rest. The 23-year-old is Andrea, a full-time worker with 40 hours a week who has two days off if she is lucky. Both people work full time in the fast food world. The job has it stresses and its downsides when it comes to the mind but that is another factor on its own.

Nicole’s issues started around the age of 12 when she started to feel the deep sadness creep into her life. She lived with her mother and her abusive step-father around this age, causing her to feel stressed at home.  Her biological father was never in the picture for Nicole until she was 12 years old. She started to get to know him and became close to her father but when she was 13 years old he passed away in a car accident. She fell into a depression and just didn’t want anyone to talk to her. She didn’t eat most days and thought about how she wished that she could change things.

At this age she was being bullied in school as well. Even with the school having anti-bullying policies in motion, the attacks never stopped. Nicole finally dropped out of school at 15 years old because of the kids that continued to bully her. She says, looking down at the ground in her interview, “I couldn’t breathe in school and the counselors were terrible with their jobs.” Even with the school’s help she kept to herself and was kept in the cycles of never asking for help when she felt like that.  She says, “When I do speak to people when I am in that place they all ignore my cry and I will think, I shouldn’t have told you. I should’ve just kept it to myself.”

Andrea was 20 years old when she experienced depression after a tragedy happened to her. She explains first, “I have not been diagnosed as clinically depressed. I have experienced long periods where I didn’t want to leave home or talk to people. I had my good days mixed in but most of them I would be depressed.” She explains that she has fallen into depression after the day of October the 12th. She was expecting a child and was bursting with happiness to meet the child. She went for her checkup and discovered that she had an ectopic pregnancy, which means that the baby was stuck in the fallopian tube. She looks a bit somber explaining, “They gave me a series of  shots and it shrinks your baby smaller and smaller and makes sure that the pregnancy levels are going down.” After hearing the news she said that she sat at home, grieving for her lost child, and wondering if she would be able to carry a child afterward. She didn’t do much after going through all the test and she would just sit at home and wonder about her chances. She fell into a depression a few months later and would talk to people about her experience. The people who she spoke to encouraged her to take it slow and gave her advice about it being okay. She still struggles with that sadness and has battled with her inner self to look at the bright side of everything.

Both people have gone through a battle. It shows that no matter the ages, people are going through something. Some experience it early in life and never seek help when it comes to needing help battling mental illnesses. Both Nicole and Andrea still deal with it to these days but push through it. They both say they have their good days but on those days where it feels like their mind is against them, they breathe. They talk to those they know will help and keep finding ways to cope.

Over 19 million people deal with mental illnesses and mostly all of the people will treat the illness by getting help. If they don’t get the help they spend the rest of their lives suffering with their problems internally. Those who have a support system can have a clutch to help them with everything and know there is someone who will make sure they don’t lose themselves.

The Texas Department of State Health Services offers mental health information through regional offices including one in Longview that serves Panola County. Community Healthcore’s website is http://www.communityhealthcore.com/ . The non-crisis toll free number is 800-446-8253. The toll free number for people in crisis is 800-832-1009 and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

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