Thursday, August 13, 2020

Episode #14 - Shut Up Brain! I'm Fine.

 Really? Who’s got all their shit together all the time? Simple. Nobody does.

NOTE: Mental health is a topic that hits home with all three of us on the Shit Show, so this is gonna get personal.

Let’s get real. Mental health is a real and significant issue. We convince ourselves of the lie, nobody cares and you’re alone. This is bullshit. People do care and you are NOT alone! Some facts:

  • 19.1% of U.S. adults experienced mental illness in 2018 (47.6 million people). This represents 1 in 5 adults.
  • 4.6% of U.S. adults experienced serious mental illness in 2018 (11.4 million people). This represents 1 in 25 adults.
  • 16.5% of U.S. youth aged 6-17 experienced a mental health disorder in 2016 (7.7 million people)
  • 3.7% of U.S. adults experienced a co-occurring substance use disorder and mental illness in 2018 (9.2 million people)

It’s not a race or sexual-preference thing. The annual prevalence of mental illness among U.S. adults, by demographic group:

  • Non-Hispanic Asian: 14.7%
  • Non-Hispanic white: 20.4%
  • Non-Hispanic black or African-American: 16.2%
  • Non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaska Native: 22.1%
  • Non-Hispanic mixed/multiracial: 26.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 16.9%
  • Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual: 37.4%:

It’s a fucking human thing! Sadly, too many of us believe the lie and don’t get help. We must fight the stigma and make help more accessible to those who need it.

  • 11.3% of U.S. adults with mental illness had no insurance coverage in 2018
  • 13.4% of U.S. adults with serious mental illness had no insurance coverage in 2018
  • 60% of U.S. counties do not have a single practicing psychiatrist.

It’s OK to talk about mental health issues openly and it’s OK to face our mental challenges head on. It’s NOT OK to keep this shit under wraps and it’s NOT OK to face your mental challenges alone. The ultimate end for some who are suffering is suicide.

  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34 in the U.S.
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • The overall suicide rate in the U.S. has increased by 31% since 2001
  • 46% of people who die by suicide had a diagnosed mental health condition
  • 90% of people who die by suicide had shown symptoms of a mental health condition, according to interviews with family, friends and medical professionals (also known as psychological autopsy)
  • Lesbian, gay and bisexual youth are 4x more likely to attempt suicide than straight youth
  • 75% of people who die by suicide are male
  • Transgender adults are nearly 12x more likely to attempt suicide than the general population
  • Annual prevalence of serious thoughts of suicide, by U.S. demographic group:
    • 4.3% of all adults
    • 11.0% of young adults aged 18-25
    • 17.2% of high school students
    • 47.7% of lesbian, gay, and bisexual high school students

Sadly, these numbers are likely worse now. All these statistics are pre-2020, pre-COVID, pre-riots, etc. Take these facts, sprinkle in the stress of working in our (information security) industry (marginalized, understaffed, misunderstood, etc.), and we have a potential recipe for disaster, at least for some of us.

This might not be an uplifting topic to discuss on the Shit Show, but it’s one we won’t back down from. We give a shit about people and we give a shit about you, so we’ll openly discuss all this tonight!

Be sure to tune in tonight (8/13) at 10pm CDT (2200 for those who prefer the 24hr clock) for our live show. If you can't catch us live, go watch the recording afterwards.

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