Mental Illness

Scholarship Entrant: Kelsey from Clarksville, Tennessee
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Kelsey: 1

All I have ever wanted to do was help people; this is the reason I chose to pursue psychology. It is sad and terrifying to know that 1 in 10 American experience depression and someone dies of suicide every 16.2 minutes on average. My husband is in the Army, and we have both met people with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Approximately 7.7 million American adults who are age 18 or older have PTSD. Around 26.2% of American adults suffer from a mental disorder, which is about 57.7 million people. The worst part is that these medical problems are invisible to the eye. You can walk around the mall or around town and run into several people with some form of mental illness and you wouldn’t even know they weren’t just as healthy as you. People think a mental illness would reflect badly on their family, or that they will just snap out of it if they really try. I would like to end the stigma about mental health, this stigma causes many people to be too afraid to get help. I want to raise awareness about mental disorders and teach people these disorders are real and important. If I can make one person’s life a little happier, that would be all I need to consider myself successful.

Vote for Kelsey: 1

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