Breaking the silence

Mental illnesses can happen for so many reasons, many of which are out of a person’s control. It could be a biological factor that you are unaware of, such as genetics or the way your brain functions. A life circumstance may have impacted you heavily, whether you lost someone you love or were traumatized by a childhood event or recent incident.

Here are some myths and facts around mental health. It is time to break the silence.

Mental health problems are very common, with one in four people in Lebanon experiencing some form of mental illness throughout their lives. Most people suffer from anxiety and mood disorders.

Research has continuously shown strong links between depression and suicide, as a result of chemical imbalances in the brain, or simply when things get too heavy to bear. But that doesn’t mean there is no hope and all cases of mental illness will end that way. If help is sought, any situation can be overcome. Depression is treatable and suicide is preventable.

It’s ok to ask for help. Having a mental disorder doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with you, it just means you have an issue that you need support with. There are so many factors that contribute to mental illness such as: biological factors (genes, physical illness, brain chemistry), life circumstances (trauma or history of abuse) and family history of mental illness.

With the right kind of help and support network, mental illness can be recovered from. Some only need someone to listen to them, that’s where the Embrace LifeLine comes in to help each individual case differently.

No they won’t. Find someone you trust to confide in and give yourself a chance to get better.

90% of suicide cases are a result of some form of a treatable mental illness. The most common are: depression, drug or alcohol dependence and schizophrenia.

People who talk about suicide may be reaching out or help or support. A significant number of people contemplating suicide are experiencing anxiety, depression and hopelessness and may feel that there is no other option.

What they want is to end the pain they are feeling. Suicidal people are often ambivalent about living or dying.  Access to emotional support at the right time can prevent suicide.

Given the widespread stigma, most people who are contemplating suicide do not know who to speak to.  Rather than encouraging suicidal behavior, talking openly can give an individual other options or the time to rethink his/her decision, thereby preventing suicide.

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