one in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives.
Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.
Treatments are available, but nearly two-thirds of people with a known mental disorder never seek help from a health professional. Stigma, discrimination and neglect prevent care and treatment from reaching people with mental disorders.
This is ironic. If a person suffer from diabetes, he won’t feel ashamed of taking insulin shots, even in public. But if he suffers from a form of mental illness/brain disorder, he might feel the need to hide his condition because of shame and stigma.
Fortunately, things are changing. More and more people, including public figures, are coming forward with their brain disorders, sharing their struggles and vulnerable moments.
Together, as a global society, we are working towards eradicating the stigma surrounding mental illness.
This website was built to take part in that movement. It is a collection of stories and resources of various mental illnesses/brain disorders to educate, motivate, and give hope to those who suffer from a brain disorder and/or for family and friends with a loved one who suffer from mental health issues.
Tim Ferriss is an entrepreneur, a podcaster and a best selling author who has influenced millions of people worldwide.
Having mental illness is NOT a sign of failure, weakness, or laziness. Having said that, having a mental illness is also not an excuse for destructive behaviors and actions.
Having mental illness is not our fault, but it is our responsibility to get better and to reach recovery.
Having a mental illness can be very debilitating. It can make us feel broken and that we cannot ’stand up’.
But if we decide to own our condition, to stop hiding and to reach out to others, we will find other people who are also willing to be vulnerable, to own their brain disorders and work towards recovery.
Things will not magically change. Recovery takes a lot of effort and patience. But by doing it together, holding hands, we can help each other to ’stand up’.
Living with brain disorder (mental illness) is hard, but it is manageable.
There is hope. Keep the faith 🙂
WHY DID I START THESE PROJECTS
I really enjoyed teaching, but my concern about the lack of understanding and the stigma surrounding mental disorders kept on growing.
In 2017 a good friend confessed to me that he has suffered with severe depression for months and that he almost died of suicide. The news shocked me because I didn’t expect that coming from him, a man who always looked tough and ‘had it all together’.
I finally decided to take sabbatical from my teaching work and started to devote my time to build a project with missions to:
• educate the public about various brain disorders (mental illness)
• encourage those who struggle with any brain disorder to reach out, seek help and to work towards recovery.
• start conversations and build a safe community for people to share their stories.
My hope is to end the stigma surrounding mental illness. Such shame does nothing but destroy people’s lives and families.