About a week ago, I made a promise to myself to walk up as many flight of stairs as possible everyday. There is a total of 28 flights of stairs that I’m determined to climb throughout the day. Until I made that commitment, I was complaining about my weight and eating a cupcake. The decision to walk up the stairs didn’t require a lot of deliberation on my part. The truth is, it was easier to sit at my desk and complain than take off my pumps, lace up my sneakers and do something.
Sitting is easier than standing.
Standing is easier than walking.
Walking is easier than running.
Because running requires stamina.
It’s easy to be mediocre. It’s easy to stay comfortable and settle. It’s easy to stay still rather than move forward and face the unfamiliar. To be extraordinary and going after your dreams requires stamina. The journey to being extraordinary is a marathon. To be a trail blazer, a thought leader, an icon, a legend, a role model requires you to push beyond being comfortable.
What are you literally and figuratively sitting on? What opportunity are you missing because you are too afraid to get out of your seat? You have everything you need to be extraordinary. You just have to get out of your seat…
It’s more than just feeling blue. It’s about no longer being the person you once was and not having a concrete reason why. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and according to NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness) 1 in 5 Americans will be affected by a mental health condition in their lifetime and every American is affected or impacted through their friends and family.
Prevalence of Mental Illness
- Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year.1
- Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S.—10 million, or 4.2%—experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.2
- Approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life. For children aged 8–15, the estimate is 13%.3
Consequences of Lack of Treatment
- Serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year.15
- Mood disorders, including major depression, dysthymic disorder and bipolar disorder, are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for both youth and adults aged 18–44.16
Mental Health Screening Tools
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Sources: NAMI, MHA (Mental Health America)