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When “mayday” comes over the radio, it’s an instantly recognizable call to action. A ship or aircraft is in distress and needs immediate help. When people are struggling, feeling like they’re sinking or spiraling out of control, there’s often no such urgency. Instead, even well-meaning friends and family may tell someone suffering with mental illness to “get over it” or “suck it up.” Rather than getting the treatment they need, many with debilitating conditions see no choice but to suffer in silence. The only way to de-stigmatize mental illness is to bring it out of the shadows.
Approximately one in five adults nationwide have a mental health condition, and one in 25 experiences a serious mental illness that interferes with life activities. Women are more affected than men.
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