Approximately 1 in 4 people will deal with a mental illness at some point in their lifetime. In the United States, that amounts to almost 45 million people in a given year. But according to the National Alliance on Mental Health, almost 60 percent of adults who have a mental illness, and almost half of adolescents, don’t get the treatment they need.
So why aren’t we doing more to talk about mental illness?
With hashtags like #talkingaboutit and #mentalillnessfeelslike, people are using Twitter to tell the world what living with mental illness is really like. They remind themselves and others that mental illness isn’t something you have to tackle alone.
Read on to see what they’re saying.
The worst part abt dealing w mental illness is that it's either a really good day or a really bad one and I never know ahead of time— Kevin (@whorecules) April 21, 2017
dealing with mental illness is really hard, it feels like you're climbing to the top and when you're almost there... you fall. and repeat.— + (@youareworthfren) April 21, 2017
today is a really bad mental health day. I don't feel like a person. I finally just got out of bed. #TalkingAboutIt— Sammy Nickalls (@sammynickalls) April 11, 2017
#mentalillnessfeelslike a permanent state of intense exhaustion that no amount of sleep can fix— Amy Jane (@borderlineamy_) April 10, 2017
me trying to get rid of my depression and anxiety pic.twitter.com/1QJMSbjyFa— dr miami (@cyberxanax) May 8, 2017
you don't understand depression until you can't stand your own presence in an empty room— anxiety (@Vulnerable) May 6, 2017
#mentalillnessfeelslike sleeping for 8+ hours and still feeling so exhausted you have to force yourself to get dressed, to eat.— Kayla (@sheandhim93) April 3, 2017
Just because two people have the same mental illness doesn't mean their experience is even remotely similar— alex rae (@alexrxe) May 1, 2017
I sleep all day because I'm depressed and then I'm anxious at night because I didn't get anything done all day #talkingaboutit— Olivia Coursey (@Livyfareetm) April 24, 2017
therapist: *gives me advise on how to deal w my mental illness and have healthy relationships*— indie (@COCONUTOILBAE) May 7, 2017
me, not planning on doing any of that: pic.twitter.com/x7PLP9Y9mz
mental illness is great especially when you never know when ur gonna suddenly feel emptiness weighing on ur chest and tear up for no reason— em (@emilyktatro) May 7, 2017