Mental Health Awareness
Prevalence of Mental Illness. Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year
Mental health conditions are the leading cause of disability across the United States. Even though most people can be successfully treated, less than half of the adults in the U.S. who need services and treatment get the help they need. The average delay between the onset of symptoms and intervention is 8-10 years.
For me it's been 12 years and I am finally making the decision to seek the help I need. A lot of people don’t understand how crippling depression, anxiety, OCD, and other mental health illnesses are. I often have difficulty describing what it’s like to someone who has never experienced it. So it’s important for any of us who suffer from these symptoms to add to the conversation. Because going through this is one of the loneliest battles in the world. But it doesn’t have to be. We should not be suffering in silence. It’s hard to speak up. I know first-hand. I never realized that I felt so ashamed because of social stereotypes and stigma. Our mental health conditions do not define us, we no longer need to suffer in silence. This is a condition, not a weakness.
We have been given a challenging illness, and there is no other option than to meet those challenges. Think of it as an opportunity to be heroic, an opportunity to be a good example to other who might share our disorder. Our stories are very important. They are worth sharing. It’s OK to seek help. Raise your hand. Ask for guidance. Like anyone else, I have beautiful days, and I have dark days. When you are going through intense pain, remind yourself that allowing yourself to feel the pain at its most intense levels is part of the process of healing. Grief is a necessary and healthy process.
The Backflip Challenge for Mental Health Awareness
We have created the back flip challenge to help promote awareness. This will be done in honor for mental health illness. It's a sickness that 25% of the Americans are facing. Millions of Americans, both young and veterans are facing mental health illness. The problem is that we need to break the stigma. I would like everyone to use the hashtags #BreakTheStigma and #BackflipChallenge. You can tag and challenge three people to do the backflip. Anybody who doesn’t do the backflip should donate whatever they can to a what is going to be on backflipchallenge.com. It will be for charity that supports mental health illness. The goal here is to really break the stigma. People are scared to talk about it. They are scared to get help, but this is a real illness. This isn’t something that you can control, but it is curable. We need to break the stigma that exists today and have people to help us tell the story.
How Else Can You Help?
1. Share your story
2. Raising awareness in your social circles and community
3. Relate to others
4. Letting others know it’s okay not to be okay
5. Making the point that even though not everyone struggles from mental illness, we can all find common ground, we are all human.
6. Spreading kindness and understanding
Celebrities that have suffered with Mental Illness
Catherine Zeta Jones
100% of funds will go towards a Mental Health Charity. We have not selected which charity. Fownders Non-Profit Organization will be collecting all funds and distrubiting to Charity or Charties.
Important information regarding the Backflip Challenge
The Backflip Challenge is a voluntary activity undertaken to accomplish the charitable purposes for Mental Health by raising awareness. One hundred percent of the funds will be donated to a charity related to Mental Health. As with any activity, there is a risk of injury (or even death) from participating in, or acting as a spectator to, the Backflip Challenge. Participants in and spectators to the BFC are advised to carefully consider any health issues, environmental/location concerns and other factors and/or unforeseen hazards that might adversely impact the ability to undertake the BFC safely.
Individuals participating in the BFC (each a “Participant”) do so at their own election and at their own risk, and by their participation agree (on their own behalf and on behalf of anyone else who might make a claim in their place) to waive, release and discharge the Association, and to indemnify, hold harmless and agree not to sue the Association and its affiliates and representatives for any loss, liability, cost, damages (including reasonable attorney’s fees) or other claims that might arise from or in relation to their participation in the BFC, whether due to negligence or otherwise. Participants are encouraged to consult their health care providers with any questions regarding how the BFC might affect their health, and any Participants under the age of 18 should obtain permission from a parent/guardian. FOWNDERS is not responsible for, and specifically disclaims responsibility for, any loss, injury liability, cost, damages or other claims arising from or in relation to the BFC.
FOWNDERS has no control over the actions of Participants or spectators to any BFC, the location in which an BFC is undertaken or the method by which the BFC is conducted. Participants or spectators that require first aid and/or other medical treatment or related services in relation to an injury or illness that arises in connection with participation in the BFC remain solely and exclusively responsible for and all liability or claims arising out of or in relation to such treatment and/or services.