Let’s Talk Mental Health: Foreword

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Drawing by Madison Gear

The lack of mental health is the epidemic of our generation.

Mental health is a passionate topic of mine, as my friends, family, and I have suffered at the hands of a lack of mental health awareness, screenings, education, and the pervasive and unrelenting stigma that surrounds mental illness.

Given this, I decided to do my part to help spread the word about many aspects of mental health, and what better way to do this than through bringing attention to it?

In this series, Let’s Talk Mental Health, I will be exploring mental health issues not only in the United States but also around the world, as the lack of awareness is an international problem, not simply limited to the U.S. Topics will range from stigma to the relationships between mental health and physical health to school shootings and more, while giving a voice to those personally affected by mental health and raising awareness through writing.