Did you know that that by 2020, depression will the the second most common health problem in the world. This is why I have recently became a member of A Candle of Hope. This is a charity recently set up by me and a group of people to support those dealing with depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses. It is a small scale charity and we work to do things with a physical benefit for those with depression, anxiety and suicidal tendencies, as well as the loved ones of all of the above. Depression affects 121 million people worldwide. This is a massive number of people that with our help can receive better understanding and quality of life.
Having depression is not feeling down or your average Monday morning blues. Depression is an invisible mental illness that can massively affect a person’s life for the worst. The word depressed is a now common every day word. People might say “I’m depressed” when in fact they mean “I’m fed up because I’ve had a row, or failed an exam, or lost my job”, etc. These ups and downs of life are common and normal. Most people recover quite quickly. With true depression, you have a low mood and other symptoms each day for at least two weeks. Symptoms can also become severe enough to have a huge impact with normal day-to-day activities. About 2 in 3 adults have depression at some point in their lives and in the last 45 years Suicide rates have increased by 60% worldwide. Those with mental health disorders, particularly depression and substance abuse are associated with more than 90% of all cases of suicide.
Self harm is also a big issue in our modern day community. Self harm is where a person purposefully harms or injures themselves in any way. Examples of self harming can include: Cutting, Burning, Overdosing, Punching walls and purging yourself. Statistics also show that about three teenagers self harm per hour in the UK alone and that about 3,000,000 Americans self harm with the number of emergency department visits due to self harm is around 594,000. Studies also show that young people ages between 13-25 are a lot more likely to self harm that older people. If you’d like to learn more about this then this post might be helpful: http://www.selfinjurysupport.org.uk/files/docs/leaflets/young-people-self-injury.pdf
In America 2002, suicide was the leading cause worldwide of all intentional violent deaths. Surpassing both homicide and war.
A Candle of Hope also helps to not only raise awareness, but to raise funds for relevant support groups as well. We are currently based in Shropshire, England and would like people to get in touch with us. At the moment we are looking for fundraising ideas so if anyone would like to volunteer their ideas that would be greatly appreciated. It also doesn’t matter where you live, if you live in Shropshire, Scotland or even Egypt your ideas are very welcome! 🙂
If you would like to contact us for more information or you have an idea please email : firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get in touch with you as soon as we can.
That’s all for now, ChainedAngel over and out! 🙂