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Tips for Improving Your Mental Health and Raising Awareness about Mental Illness

Updated on August 8, 2015
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Ms. Vincent is an M.B.A graduate, Business Consultant and health, wellness & natural healing enthusiast, who reads a lot on those subjects.

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Mental Illness: (Science) Fiction or Fact?

The earliest recorded literature on Mental Illness in Science Fiction dates back to around 450 BC with Sophocles' Ajax, a Greek tragedy, wherein the protagonist - Ajax - commits suicide. And from then until now, mental illness has intrigued writers and readers alike.

For the writers, the inclusion of mental illness in the storyline proved profitable, as works of fiction with mentally ill persons created mystery, excitement, dread and thrill for avid readers thirsty for adventure and a peek into the taboo and unknown.

Here are five (5) of my favourites, which are also very well-known pieces of fiction:

1. "Don Quixote": Written by Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, this 1605 novel is considered one of the greatest works of fiction ever published. It features a Spanish Noble who avidly reads chivalric novels, believes the stories to be true and takes on the persona of the protagonists in those novels.

2. "Hamlet": William Shakespeare's 17th century play which portrays both true madness (Prince Hamlet's potential wife Ophelia after the death of her father) and feigned madness (Prince Hamlet following his father's death and conversations with a supposed ghost) amidst "themes of treachery, revenge, incest, and moral corruption".

3. "To Kill A Mockingbird": Harper Lee's 1960 novel, which won a Pulitzer Prize. A little girl tells the story of the inhabitants of the town of Maycomb, including "Boo" Radley, a reclusive believed to be mad, who the adults of Maycomb are hesitant to talk about and the children are both terrified of and fascinated by.

4. "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest": A 1962 novel written by Ken Kesey, set in an Oregon psychiatric hospital and which tells the story of the happenings at a mental ward and the inmates. It was adapted into a Broadway play in 1963 and a 1975 film which won five (5) Academy Awards.

5. "Wide Sargasso Sea": Caribbean born (Dominica) Jean Rhys' 1966 prequel story of a mad woman who lives in the attic in Charlotte Bronte's 1847 "Jane Eyre".

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Mental Illness is No Fiction!

Today, however, mental illness is not that far removed from us. Mental Illness has come frighteningly close to most of us.

Everyone knows someone who suffers from, suffered from or is recovering from some type of mental illness - a family member, a loved one, a co-worker, a fellow student, a neighbor, a church member, a social club member or you yourself. So it is important that we all become aware of and knowledgeable about mental illness, so that we can end the stigma associated with it, while learning how to maintain our own mental health.

Although there are countless types of mental illnesses, in this article, I will focus on one (1) primary form of mental illness - DEPPRESSION - based on two (2) startling predictions of the World Health Organization:

1. “By 2020, depression will be the second leading cause of world disability."

2. “By 2030; [mental illness] is expected to be the largest contributor to disease burden."

I will also share with you 10 simple, proven and practical ways that you can improve your mental health, so that you and your loved ones can avoid becoming mental statistics.

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Mental Health DAY & WEEK

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK 2014

Date: May 12 -18, 2014

Theme: Anxiety

WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY

Date: October 10, 2014

Theme: Living with Schizophrenia

Mental Health Awareness Week & World Mental Health Day

In May of each year, the Mental Health Foundation celebrated Mental Health Awareness Week. The theme for 2014 is ANXIETY , which “is one of the most common mental health problems in nearly every country in the world and, while a low level of anxiety can be a useful motivating force, in some cases it can take over your life” (Mental Health Foundation, 2014).

Past Mental Health Awareness Week themes included: Sleep, Loneliness, Fear, Anger, Friendship, Alcohol, Exercise, Mood, Work-life Balance, Out at Work, Friendship and Stigma.

Then on October 10th each year, the World Health Organization (WHO) joins the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) in celebrating World Mental Health Day.

The main purpose of World Mental Health Day is to raise public awareness about mental health issues, promote open discussion of mental disorders and generate investments in services for the prevention, promotion and treatment of mental disorders.

“World Mental Health Day 2014 will centre on the theme 'Living with Schizophrenia'” (WFMH).

Past World Mental Health Day themes included: Schizophrenia, Older Adults, Depression, Investment, Mindfulness, Tea & Talk, Look after yourself, Global Issues and Mealtimes.

What is Depression?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), "Depression is a common mental disorder, characterized by sadness, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy and poor concentration."

The real problem begins, however, when these depression symptoms "become chronic or recurrent, substantially impairing an individual's ability to cope with daily life.

"Prolonged depression often "prevents people from conducting normal lives, such as maintaining a job, attending school, and performing other normal functions. Individuals with depression appear to have a loss of interest in activities they would normally enjoy and other health issues may arise. They tend to have decreased energy, problems sleeping and/or eating, and feelings of low self-esteem (World Federation for Mental Health).

"At its most severe, depression can lead to suicide" (WHO).

The good news is that most cases of depression can be treated with anti-depressant medication, psychotherapy or other alternative and self-help techniques.

Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment of Depression

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Learn the Signs of Mental Illness - ...so you can help yourself or a loved one!

These books covers all the bases and fill in some essentials that other mental illness books have left out.


50 Signs of Mental Illness: A Guide to Understanding Mental Health (Yale University Press Health & Wellness)
50 Signs of Mental Illness: A Guide to Understanding Mental Health (Yale University Press Health & Wellness)

"Anger, fatigue, obsessions, memory loss, sexual performance problems, suicidal thoughts. Are these signs of mental illness? How can you tell? Should you consult your physician?

This reassuring book is for anyone seeking to understand their own symptoms or those of a loved one."

 
When Someone You Love Has a Mental Illness: A Handbook for Family, Friends, and Caregivers, Revised and Expanded
When Someone You Love Has a Mental Illness: A Handbook for Family, Friends, and Caregivers, Revised and Expanded

This book covers all the bases and fills in some essentials that other mental illness books have left out.

It is “An essential resource--featuring 50 proven Quick Reference guides--for the millions of parents, siblings, and friends of people with mental illness, as well as professionals in the field.”

 

Busting Depression Myths!

Depression is treatable!

Depression is not hereditary!

Depression is not a sign of personal weakness!

Depression is not the fault of the person experiencing depression!

No one should be embarrassed or ashamed if they suffer from depression!

Depression can affect anyone, at any age - man, woman, child, teenager, young adult!

Sources: World Health Organization (WHO) and Health Central

Soothe Your Spirit & Fight Depression!

I had some experience in dealing with people who have mental illness and depression, but I didn't see the signs in myself. I couldn't ask for help because I didn't know I needed help (Clara Hughes).”

How To Fight Depression

When Someone You Love Is Bipolar: Help and Support for You and Your Partner
When Someone You Love Is Bipolar: Help and Support for You and Your Partner

Part of really showing that you love someone is providing them with love, help and support.

What makes this book so special is that it is written by Dr. Cynthia Last who has a bipolar disorder and who is a highly regarded therapist/researcher. So she knows exactly how your loved one feels and what they need from you in terms of support.

“When bipolar disorder afflicts the person you love, you suffer too. How have other couples learned to manage the relationship strains caused by this illness? What can you do to provide your partner with truly helpful nurturance and support?

 

Know These Depression Facts!

  • - Depression can lead to suicide!
  • - Almost 1 million lives are lost yearly due to suicide (i.e. 3000 suicide deaths every day)!
  • - For every person who completes a suicide, 20 or more may attempt to end their lives!- Depression is a real medical illness!
  • - Depression affects 121 million people worldwide!
  • - Depression is responsible for 850,000 deaths every year!
  • - It is extremely important to seek help if you or your loved one suffers from depression!
  • - Without proper intervention, depression symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years!
  • - The World Mental Health Survey, conducted in 17 countries, found that on average about 1 in 20 people reported having an episode of depression in the previous year!
  • - Learning about your options will help you decide what measures are most likely to work best for your particular situation and needs!

Source: World Health Organization (WHO)

Take this DEPRESSION QUIZZ!

Many people deny or ignore the signs of depression in themselves or their loved ones, because they refuse to believe that they can suffer from depression and fear the stigma that will be attached to them or their loved one if people found out.

Don't bury your head in the sand, when it comes to depression! Arm yourself with all the knowledge you can because "To ignore the evidence, and hope that it cannot be true, is more an evidence of mental illness (William Blas)."

Take this simple depression quiz , which was developed by John Rush, MD, a leading psychiatrist from the University of Texas Medical Center, to help you identify common symptoms of depression and their severity and help you determine if you or someone close to you needs treatment for depression.

Question: How Do You Avoid Mental Illness?

Answer: Practice Good Mental Health!

10 Simple & Effective Strategies for Improving and Maintaining Your Mental Health!

Mental Illness Treatment & Recovery
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1. Listen to Soothing & Relaxing Music.

2. Engage in regular, daily exercise; a simple home routine will do.

3. Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables instead of fatty foods and foods with empty carbohydrates and high calories.

4. Cook more healthy, vegetable based meals.

5. Play brain training & brain exercising games, such as Puzzles, Board Games and Fun Trivia/Quizzes.

6. Take up an indoor or outdoor activity that you like as a hobby, such as gardening, photography, travelling or cooking.

7. Create a relaxing environment or visit tranquil surroundings to calm your mind and improve your mood.

8. Learn how to deal positively with grief, loss and/or disappointments .

9. Learn how to treat with negative people in your life. They sap your energy.

10. Make sure to get a good laugh each week by watching a comedy or a very funny movie.

Resources for Practicing Good Mental Health! - ...and getting help for loved ones who are mentally ill

Mental Health, Naturally: The Family Guide to Holistic Care for a Healthy Mind and Body
Mental Health, Naturally: The Family Guide to Holistic Care for a Healthy Mind and Body

In this book, “internationally-recognized holistic health expert and pediatrician Dr. Kathi J. Kemper presents natural, affordable, safe, and effective treatments for mental health issues such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, stress, and substance abuse.”

 

End Stigma About Mental Illness

Stigma is the shame, disgrace and humiliation that persons with mental illness and their loved ones are made to feel for having mental illness. As a result of this stigma, there are three (3) dire consequences:

1. Mentally ill persons and their families are often denied employment opportunities, passed up for promotions, fired and prevented from normal participation in society.

2. Mentally ill patients and their families often refuse to seek mental health care and treatment because they fear the treatment that will be meted out to them and their loved one if by seeking treatment they confirm that their loved one suffers from mental illness.

3. Mild mental illness that could have been easily treated often turns into severe mental illness because it was left untreated due to shame and fear of discrimination.

A very surprising fact which WHO has pointed out is that, "Contrary to expectations, levels of stigma were higher in urban areas and among people with higher levels of education.

So wherever you are, in whichever part of the world, remember to start the process of ending the stigma about mental illness with YOU!

Your actions towards mentally ill persons can help create compassion for and understanding of mental illness.

The Family Guide to Mental Health Care
The Family Guide to Mental Health Care

“Family members and friends are often the first to realize when someone has a problem, but it is hard to know how to help or where to turn. Our mental health “system” can feel like a bewildering and frustrating maze. This book answers some very real and practical questions for family family, friens and loved ones such as: “How can you tell that someone has a mental illness? What are the first and best steps for you to take? Where do you go to find the right care? Which medications are helpful?” and more.

 

How You Can Help End Stigma About Depression!

1. Educate yourself on the issues that affect persons with mental illness.

2. Try to listen to what the person with mental illness is saying about how they feel and take their feelings seriously.

3. Join an organization or society that works with mentally ill persons.

4. Contribute to an organization that reaches out or provides assistance to mentally ill persons.

5. Do not hinder persons with a history of mental illness from gaining employment, being promoted or otherwise participating in society or the workplace.

6. Educate others about the issues that affect persons with mental illness. Do not stay silent in order to fit in.

Nobody's Child
Nobody's Child

This movie is an especially great gift and a must-see for anyone who has struggled with mental illness, as it offers great encouragement for the future of such persons whom society sees as finished.

 

A True Story of Triumph Over Mental Illness! - Nobody's Child

This movie, which is based on the TRUE STORY of Marie Balter, won an Emmy Award!

In real life, Marie Balter “was born in Boston to an alcoholic mother and was adopted by a couple in Gloucester who disciplined her harshly, sometimes locking her in the cellar.

Increasingly depressed, she was institutionalized in 1947 with symptoms that included muscle spasms, choking, hyperventilation and hallucinations.

”What is most impressive and touching about Marie’s story, is that after being institutionalized at the Danvers State Hospital (previously called the State Lunatic Hospital at Danvers, The Danvers Lunatic Asylum, and The Danvers State Insane Asylum) in Danvers, Massachusetts for more than 15 years, she eventually went on to earn a master's degree at Harvard and returned to that very mental hospital as its full-time administrator (see the New York Times article titled "Ex Patient is State Hospital Official")

A true testimony of the indomitable nature of the human spirit!

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“For too long we have swept the problems of mental illness under the carpet... and hoped that they would go away (Richard J. Codey).”

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Cari Kay 11: Yes Cari_Kay, depression is not an easy topic but what is sad is that because people either ignore it or deny it, it often balloons into some severe mental illness. Thanks for visiting and sharing your personal experiences with depression in friends and family. Have a blessed week.

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      Kay 3 years ago

      I have had friends and family who suffer so with depression. Not an easy topic but you have some good info here.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Merrci: Great! Thanks Merrci.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Hi Freshstart, Just posted this one to the Alzheimer's and Dementia Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alzheimers-and-Deme... add the other one later in the week. Thanks for sharing them.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Colin323: You're welcome, Colin323.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Colin323: Thanks for this very important sharing based on your experience, Colin323. It is the 'closet' subject no one wants to speak about but speaking about it brings awareness and in many cases help to those who are suffering since they know that they are not alone. I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!

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      Colin323 3 years ago

      p.s. Thanks for raising awareness of this illness in your lens.

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      Colin323 3 years ago

      I was a telephone counsellor with the UK Samaritans for five years and I know how devastating depression can be on the sufferer and his/her family. My own mother was badly affected by it. I agree with the power of music - and activity, like walking - to help lift the spirits without medication. Plus reassuring the sufferer that everything passes, including the 'Black Dog' of depression.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @TanoCalvenoa: Thanks, TanoCalvenoa, for sharing some of your personal story on this very important topic. I am happy that you found the inner strength to make changes in your own life that would help you overcome your severe anxiety disorder. I wish you perfect health! Have a blessed week ahead and thanks for visiting and sharing.

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      I let people know how critical nutrition is, and drinking plenty of water. These alone can make a huge difference. I used to take heavy duty psychiatric medications but don't need them anymore due to numerous things I did to overcome my severe anxiety disorder.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @Motionmaker: Thanks for the visit, the compliment and sharing on depression RonTam. Have a blessed weekend.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @Tennyhawk: You're welcome Tennyhawk. I am glad you found this lens useful. Thanks for the visit and lovely compliment. Have a blessed weekend.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @AlexBPearl: Thanks AlexBPearl for the visit and the compliment.

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      Motionmaker 4 years ago

      Understanding depression is like understanding any chronic emotional tone - such as apathy, fear, anger, monotony and cheerfulness. They all come with their own set of expected behaviours. I believe this state of being depressed definitely needs to be recognized and remedied but not sure it benefits society to label depression as a medical illness which opens wide the door to make people victims of pharmaceutical drugging per your posted vids. I do like YOUR 9 simple strategies though. They align with my lens on how to be happy. Check it out if you like and lt me know what you think.

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      Tennyhawk 4 years ago

      Absolutely smashing lens, FreshStart. So many people suffer in silence. And your tips for combating depression are, I think, spot on. Filling your time with worthwhile pursuits, surrounding yourself with beauty and calm, and learning to deal with grief and disappointment in a positive way, all go a long way to keeping depression at bay. Thanks for this.

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      AlexBPearl 4 years ago

      Very good lens about a very important subject. Best, AP

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @Gypzeerose: Thanks for re-visiting my lens with new eyes bloomingrose and your added support on stumbleupon. Have a blessed week.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @Gypzeerose: Thanks for re-visiting my lens with new eyes bloomingrose and your added support on stumbleupon. Have a blessed week.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      It cracks me up that I came to this well written lens and did not "like" it - I corrected that today - also sent it out to stumbleupon. Thanks for commenting back upon my discussion about whether depression was hereditary. Rather than argue about semantics let me say this: if there was mental illness: depression or otherwise in your family, you are not the only one. Whatever your situation - you can have your life improved if you reach out.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @Totus Mundus: Thanks TotusMundus for visiting and sharing.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @medicalassistan: You're welcome medicalassistantsalaries. Thanks for visiting and commenting. Have a blessed weekend.

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      Totus Mundus 4 years ago

      It is good to try to focus on the positive aspects of life when you feel depression, and meditation helps tremendously.

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      medicalassistan 4 years ago

      Wow, great stuff! Mental toughness is a huge component of health and you've touched on some key details. Thanks for sharing such powerful content.

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      medicalassistan 4 years ago

      Wow, great stuff! Mental toughness is a huge component of health and you've touched on some key details. Thanks for sharing such powerful content.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @donnetted: Thanks Donnette for visiting and noting the importance of mental health awareness. Have a blessed weekend.

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      Donnette Davis 4 years ago from South Africa

      This is such a vital lens, with extremely valuable information. If only we could all be more aware - all of the time. Blessed x

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @anonymous: I am happy you liked my lens cmoneyspinner. Thanks for visiting and the honour of including me in your social networks. Have a blessed week.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This lens is excellent. I plan to share it in my various social networks - via Pinterest, my Facebook page related to healthcare, etc. I have started sharing by placing a link to this lens at my lens created to support my website about health insurance products. Hopefully anyone who visits my lens might also check out this lens as well.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @aesta1: Thanks aesta1 for visiting and sharing what you do to improve and maintain your mental health. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I create a balance of activities and stay out of negative thoughts.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @coolmon2009 lm: Glad you liked it coolmon2009. Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @BrianRS: Thanks BrianS for visiting and commenting.

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      coolmon2009 lm 4 years ago

      Nice lens on mental health, thanks for sharing.

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      Brian Stephens 4 years ago from France

      It really is just another type of illness. Great lens.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @Diva2Mom: Thanks Diva2Mom for visiting and sharing what you do to maintain your mental health. Have a blessed week.

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      Diva2Mom 4 years ago

      I pray the Holy Rosary when I go through something. When I'm real down, I step back from everything and reflect...then the Lord always lifts me up, and the Holy Mother keeps me under her mantle to protect me. Excellent work! Immensely Blessed by a Humble Squid Angel :)

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @anonymous: Thanks for the additional support on FB Tipi.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @anonymous: Thanks Tipi for visiting, taking the time to read my lens and leaving your very positive comments. Have a blessed weekend.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @KateHorstmann: Thanks for visiting and sharing KateHorstmann and remember you have to make time for the important things in life. Have a blessed week.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @Gypzeerose: Thanks bloomingrose for visiting, sharing and complimenting my lens. It's a fact that while some mental illnesses may be hereditary and some may have depression associated with the specific form of mental illness, 'depression' of itself is not hereditary. Have a blessed weekend.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Came back to FB like.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      "Give thanks with a grateful heart"......let the weak say, I am strong...", you have handled this topic beautifully with great sensitivity. We do have blinders for ourselves and denial is usually our response. I like that you mention there should be no guilt about having depression, it sneaks up on you and overtakes you to the point of, as you say, 850,000 lives lost when a permanent solution is chosen for what could be a temporary problem. Very uplifting with hope held high!

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      KateHorstmann 4 years ago

      I used to do exercises...dt's it...as its impossible to hv spare tym for other acts to imrove mental health in the hustle bustle of this lyf

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Lovely lens, and so, so important. I myself have suffered from mental illnesses - and there have been many instances in my family. I have a very productive life because I have received great care and treatment of all kinds, and I am very optimistic. The most important thing is admitting you need help. blessed........... PS - the only thing I challenged about your lens is the assertion that depression is not hereditary. Most mental illnesses have some genetic basis, I would be surprised it that was completely true.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @TrishaCornelius1: Very brave and positive move on your part TrishaCornelius in creating awareness and ending stigma against mental illness! Thanks for your visit and personal sharing. Have a blessed weekend.

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      Trisha Cornelius 4 years ago from Gauteng, South Africa

      Personally, I'm speaking out. I live with generalized anxiety disorder and its associated depression (in approximately 90% of cases an anxiety disorder is accompanied by depression). I'm helping to put a human face on mental illness, showing people that just because I'm mentally ill doesn't mean that I'm crazy.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @belinda342: You're welcome belinda342. Glad you liked the tips and information and thanks for visiting.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @Camden1: Glad you became aware Camden. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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      belinda342 4 years ago

      Excellent information and tips on depresion and mental health. Thank you for sharing this!

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      Camden1 4 years ago

      Thanks for highlighting World Mental Health Day - I did not know about this.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @webscan: Thanks webscan for visiting and sharing.

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      webscan 4 years ago

      Socializing and not socializing holds the key to maintaining a balance! It's all in your hands!

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      @catsimmons: You're very welcome oneanatanner. Glad you found the tips useful. I am happy that you are recovered and I pray that God will bless your mental health. Thanks for bravely sharing about yourself. Have a blessed weekend.

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      catsimmons 5 years ago

      A very important subject. I have recovered from a period of mental illness and the tips you've included are very useful for recovery and prevention. I find getting a good night's sleep is the most important thing for me. Thanks :-)

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      @Melissa Miotke: Thanks melissamio for the visit and comment.

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      Very important topic. Blessed!

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      @anonymous: Thanks berryluv for visiting and sharing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i read,write and have fun with my life

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      @makglifeasier12: I am happy you found this lens useful Jeff. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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      makglifeasier12 5 years ago

      Thanks, for this lens. It is a great help. Jeff

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      @TolovajWordsmith: Indeed exercise and physical activity do help to exercise and stimulate the brain. Thanks for visiting and sharing Tolovaj. Enjoy the rest of your week.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      I found physical activity helps me to stay calm and I highly recommend it to everybody.

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      @SteveKaye: It is indeed very sad and gives one a feeling of helplessness when you know a loved one needs help and he or she refuses to get help. Thanks Steve for visiting and sharing.

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      @siobhanryan: Thanks for the visit and compliment on my lens and the first BLESSING! Have a blessed weekend.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Mental health is easy if you are already healthy. The tragedy happens when someone is ill and resists every possible attempt to make that person seek help.

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      Very good Lens Blessed