Celeste is an incredible streamer and fellow mental health advocate. She very generously opened up about her story of learning to love and understand herself. She is a Puerto Rican immigrant who was raised Catholic. Only when she made it almost to the end of college was she able to get a diagnosis and start understanding her Panic Disorder, ADHD and Depressive episodes.Read More
I decided to do more research and update the Mental Illness/Gun Violence episode by leading another discussion around the topics. And, honestly, a bit unexpectedly, the chat during the live stream was amazing and civil. Heated...but civil. We had many people talking at once with so many great points, and we also made time to include facts.Read More
Another Thursday, Another stream.
Except this one was different. I had a ton of people join and ask questions. After the 2 hours we spent together, I was certain that I set out to do something that was missing before.
I know...I know... 2 hours is a long time, but man, we talked about so much that it was hard to edit it down without the rest of the footage there for context. That's how the short video ended up being almost all facts. If you want to hear some numbers and hard statistics, then that is the cut for you.
As per what I found:
I compared the data in the US with a few European countries and confirmed that, yes, suicide rates do drop steeply in countries where mental illness isn't a taboo. Check these articles out if to see what else I found, if have some time.
Here's my list of sources:
Mental Illness Stigma, Help Seeking, and Public Health Programs
Current Controversies in Psychiatry
Changes in the perception of mental illness stigma in Germany over the last two decades
Public beliefs about and attitudes towards people with mental illness: a review of population studies
Attitudes and stigma in relation to help-seeking intentions for psychological problems in low and high suicide rate regions
World suicide rates by country
Mental illness stigma, secrecy, and suicidal ideation
Collective levels of stigma and national suicide rates in 25 European countries
Keep talking, reading, and don't forget to #bethelight