Announcing the launch of www.uncrushed.org, a platform and community for mental health awareness
When I lost my Dad, I felt lost and alone, with the life sucked out of me. I did not seek help for my mental health and found my life spiraling, rapidly getting smaller. When I connected with others who had been through similar experiences, I was able to connect, and learn a new way of life.
There are so many stigmas associated with the wide spectrum of mental health challenges that everybody faces day in and day out. I am not alone in not seeking help, worried about the associated stigmas, particularly in the workplace. 1 in 5 adults in America experience a mental illness, yet nearly 60% of adults with a mental illness don’t receive mental health services.
Feeling extremely vulnerable, I took the massive step of putting my story out there. No longer would I wear the mask of ‘everything is okay’. If I go around shouting from the rooftops, it might very possibly prevent me from getting a job or relationship. But - suppose that just one man died because I had, for selfish reasons kept my mouth shut? I have received so much freedom as a result and truly feel it is my purpose to give back what has been so freely given to me.
The perception that vulnerability is a weakness is the most widely accepted myth about vulnerability and the most dangerous. But vulnerability is strength. It is only when we are vulnerable that we can build the strongest connection with others.
Myself and the UNCrushed founders wanted to share our experiences and create a platform and community for others to tell theirs. Only through talking about these challenges, can we help to break down the many stigmas associated with mental health.
Our mission is to raise awareness of the many mental health challenges faced and how people have overcome them. Our community will reassure you that you are not alone and no longer need to suffer in silence - there is a different path.
We made the decision to launch one day after World Health Day on April 7th. The World Health Organization have a clear and ambitious vision for Universal Health Coverage: a world in which all people enjoy the highest attainable standard of health. Although we have made enormous progress in recent years, we still have a lot of work to do to realize that vision.
Today, half the world’s population cannot access essential health services. 1 in 5 adults in America experience a mental illness, yet nearly 60% of adults with a mental illness don’t receive mental health services. In 2019, this is simply unacceptable.
The good news is there is a growing movement to address these inequalities. Achieving Universal Health Coverage is one of the key targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and it is the focus of World Health Day in 2019.
We want to thank those people all over the world who are working to promote mental health. The people who are willing to be vulnerable and ‘step into the arena’ to share their UNCrushed experiences with others. The people who are allies and advocate for Mental Health. The people that want to break down these stigmas.
I am inspired by each and every person I have spoken to about UNCrushed and the trailblazers willing to share their personal experiences, for their own freedom and to help others.