What Is Normal? Exploring Mental Illness in Your 20s [VIDEO]
Normal. What is it?
Is it having a set routine every day? Is it screaming into your pillow when you don’t want to talk about your problems? Or is it something completely different? Whatever it might be, it can be stressful to contain. For most of us, obtaining characteristics we believe will make us “normal” is not something that comes easily – and attempting to achieve it can ricochet and hit us, and our constantly changing psyche, hard.
As if our 20s weren’t hard enough already, now we need to keep our mental health in check?
With that said, at GenTwenty, we want you to pursue your goals and live your life to the fullest. But what happens when achieving normalcy (or your life goals) becomes too much? When stressors enter our lives—such as attempts to be “perfect” or “normal”—it can become unbearable to handle. We lose sight of ourselves; we can’t sleep at night; we spend more time crying and worrying than smiling and relaxing; and we can sometimes spiral out of control.
According to recent statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 1-in-25 American adults (about 10 million) have experienced concerning impairments due to a mental illness, such as anxiety or other mood disorders. Approximately 1-in-5 adults in the U.S. have been diagnosed with a mental disorder, with 41,149 individuals committing suicide.
This is not okay.
We’re no strangers to the stereotype that life of a twenty-something can be seen as easy or privileged from outsiders. These outsiders might also think that there’s no way millennials have enough problems to be susceptible to mental illness. However, for those of us looking to achieve perfection or normalcy in our daily life, mental health issues are all too real.
As someone who lives with anxiety, I’ve always been a strong advocate for mental health awareness and suicide prevention. As a twenty-something community, we should let our comparable passions and life experiences bring us together and help our friends and family who are in need of guidance.
Whether it’s leading ourselves to talk to a therapist, or noticing when a friend is more than down in the dumps, we can be that much closer to helping someone in need – even if they don’t want it.
To highlight mental illness and bring awareness to suicide prevention, we bring to you a short film, titled Normalcy, from Miss Ash Productions out of Baltimore, MD. We invite you to share the film with your friends, family, and anyone you might know who is struggling with depression, mood disorders, or other mental health issues.
Need to find a therapist in your local area? Want more info on mental health issues? Visit the following links for resources that might be of some help to you!