The teen years are awful. I think everyone can agree on that. Every teen struggles with some form of mental health regardless of severity. I believe that the mental health of our adolescents and young adults is not taken seriously enough.
My brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia when he was 16. After a 5 year battle, he committed suicide one month before his 21st birthday.
After the loss of my only brother, my own mental health took a fast decline. Thankfully I was already in therapy and able to up the dosage of my medication, but it got me thinking about people who either don't believe in medicine for mental health or who don't know where to seek help.
So, I decided that my brother’s story needed to be heard. I believe that his story can help teens and young adults, who struggle with mental health, feel like they're not alone.
I want to make it clear that am not a doctor nor do I have a degree in psychology. By sharing my experiences with my brother and my own battles, my hope is to become an advocate for those who are struggling with their mental health.
My goal is to bring on people who are battling their own demons and want to share their stories. I want to bring on specialists and neurologists in the mental health field to explain the science behind the chemicals in our brains.
I would love to have you join me on this journey in beginning the conversation on mental health to end the stigma.
1 in 6 U.S. Adolescence age 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year
50% of all lifetime mental illness starts at age 14, 75% by the age of 25
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people ages 10-34
Yearly Prevalence in U.S. Adults
7.2% experience a major depressive episode
<1% experience schizophrenia
2.8% experience Bipolar disorder
19.1% experience anxiety disorders
3.6% experience PTSD
1.4% experience borderline personality disorder
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S
The overall suicide rate has raised 31% since 2001
90% of people who die by suicide had shown symptoms of mental health conditions according to psychological biopsies
11% of young adults aged 18-25 have serious thoughts of suicide every year
The average delay between onset of mental illness symptoms and treatment is 11 years
60% of U.S. counties don't have a single practicing psychiatrist
Mood disorders are the most common cause of hospitalization of U.S people under the age of 45, excluding pregnancy and birth
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Spread Kindness Always
Welcome to my podcast! On Could Be Worse, we discuss the battle my brother faced every day with schizophrenia, before he committed suicide.
I share stories, voice memos and journal entries to help give his perspective without him being here to tell it himself.
I want to be able to start to discussion surrounding the mental health of teens and young adults.
During our adolescence and young adult years, we are still developing important relationships, milestones and decision making. I think it's important to expand our education into the depression rate of teens and young adults as well as other illnesses such as psychosis, schizophrenia, ptsd, Bi-polar, schizoaffective and so much more.
I want everyone who listens to Could Be Worse, to feel that you are not alone in whatever you are struggling with internally. I also want to preach how far spreading kindness can go and and how much it can positively affect not only our personal lives, but others as well.
Hence my phrase “Spread kindness always“ We don't know what other people are going through, we only know our own struggles. So a simple act of kindness could make a world of difference in someone’s day.
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During a time when my brother was in a very unstable, manic state of mind, he was living with our mom, which made it an unsafe place for my mom as well for Hayden.
After my brother went to jail for the second time, he ended up in a year long program for mental health.
He bounced between 3 different transitional living places that, in all honesty, didn’t do anything for him but give him a place to live.
During this time, my brother was trying so hard to get his life on track. He was very limited in what he could do. He had curfews, random drug testing, therapy appointments and wasn't able to hold a full time job because he would have risked losing his health insurance. My brother was only 19 when he started this program. He needed a place to live that promoted calmness and healing. Hayden living in these often sketchy places, sparked an idea in my mom.
With the loss of her son, my mom wants to develop a non-profit called Hayden's House. She wants to create a "home" for young adults with mental illness who are trying to transition into independent living, but still need the support and monitoring to get there.
It will be small and she wants it to feel like family and a real home instead of a place to be "stuck in". The goal is to be supportive and teach life skills to promote independence.
She wants family members to be involved. Hayden's House will be safe place for families to see their loved one achieve his/her goals and be at peace knowing they're not part of the "system,” but are truly cared about. My mom is currently investigating how to make Hayden's House a reality.
Along with Hayden's House, my mom wants to create a place called Hayden's Haven.
Hayden’s Haven is a group meeting place.
Somewhere for young adults with similar diagnoses to meet, talk, hang out and go do
fun things like skiing, bowling etc.
i want these young people to be with others so they can compare experiences and realize they are not alone in their diagnosis.
They isolate themselves and become reclusive. Hayden’s Haven is meant to create bonding and friendships.
Custom Awareness Design
To order a sweatshirt with this custom design that one of Hayden's long time best friends worked on, head to his website where you can customize the color you would like!
Hayden's Memorial Video
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