To overcome a mental illness in Mexico is one of the greatest challenges a person can face. And not only due to social rejection. On average about ten long, agonizing years of family and personal torment, along with internal struggles, have to pass for a person with a psychiatric diagnosis to seek professional help.
When you read the words “mental illness” perhaps you think of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or depression. Maybe a Hollywood-like example comes to mind as you imagine it as something distant and far removed: obsessive compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, or post-traumatic stress.
But the truth is that 1 in 4 Mexican families have at least one member living with a mental illness. And most suffer in silence as less than a third of those with a need for treatment actually receive it. In part due to the limited access to mental health services, along with fear of social rejection from friends, family, and the general public.
In these uncertain times of COVID19, those coping with mental illness do not only confront internal struggles but also the increased stress, anxiety, and depression this global pandemic has brought.
That is why more than 500 participants from Whyte & Mackay Cares have joined forces to cover a distance of 46,600 kilometers in eight weeks. They will walk, run, swim, row, or bike to raise awareness of mental health stigma and, while doing so, raise money for mental health initiatives.
You can help. Your help can be the supportive hug that someone with a mental illness needs.
Ingenium will use your donation to help 200 people who have taken the difficult step of confronting their situation once and for all. Using mental health education taught by people who have already overcome mental illness in an empathetic environment free from judgement, Ingenium will teach them to better deal with their condition. They will learn to detect warning signs of an oncoming mental health crisis, reduce risks to emotional wellbeing, recognize when to ask for help, and raise self-esteem to address these difficult topics with loved ones and mental health professionals.
Most of all Ingenium exists to help people with mental illness know that they are not alone in this fight and that their lives matter.
You can be a part of this great movement of solidarity and empathy in Mexico alongside Ingenium by making a donation that will become the hope that those with mental illness and their families need.
Can we count on your helping hug?
Track the global progress of the kilometers covered at: www.myvirtualmission.com/missions/53340/around-the-world-in-8-weeks.
Gertrudis Sada zambrano
jesus agustin ochoa pineda
NALLELI SALAZAR CHAPA
Clara Ruth Villalobos Candia
Edgar Ivan Gomez Caballero
Elisa Magallanes Mata
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