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#FastFacts by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI:

  • 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year

  • 1 in 20 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year

  • 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year

  • 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24

  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-14

Mental Health by the Numbers

Current Attacks on
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  • Florida has 10 bills in the State House & Senate attacking the LGBTQIA+ 

  • Indiana has 18, EIGHTEEN, bills that are advancing through the House and Senate attacking healthcare, public accommodations, school, & education for LGBTQIA+ Hoosiers.

  • Oklahoma currently has 32 bills that are advancing through legislation that targets LGBTQIA+ Civil Rights, Education, and healthcare. 


ACLU anti-LGBTQ Bill Tracking 2023 Legislative Session

So, she pushed the Hurts way down deep. “There,” She thought. “No one will ever find them and they will disappear.” But, the Hurts thrived in the dark and began feeding on her soul.

The Hurts grew fat and their ugly roots spread throughout her psyche and some made their way into her consciousness and devoured her self-esteem.  Then, her mortally wounded soul whispered to her, “Save me.  You have the power within you.  Only you can save me.”

She raised her head and looked outside of herself.  She saw that she was not alone.  There were others.  Their light shined into her face and she realized that she did have strength.  Afraid, but determined to break the strangle-hold of the Hurts, she reached deep within herself and dragged the Hurts back to the surface. She laid them open and exposed them to the light.  They screamed curses at her and threats and she cried, and writhed in fear and pain, but she didn’t run from them or bury them.  No longer hidden, the Hurts shriveled and died because they could only live in secret. 

Her soul healed and the strength and beauty of it glowed throughout all of her being, so that others could see it, giving them hope. Her light joined the light of others and the Hurts, though some of their roots remained deep inside her, were never able to overcome her again.

Written by CE. Perry Smith (Carolyn Smith)

Mental Health Matters

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