To Get Help OR Not to Get Help?

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There is a statistic that says the average person goes approximately 11 years between the time they know they have a mental health issue and when they actually seek intervention and professional help to address the issue.

1)  How long did it take from the time you knew you had an issue and when you took the first step toward recovery?

2)  What do you feel were the major factors that contributed to you not seeking help for the time period described in Q1?

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  • It took me 35 years. I attempted suicide when I was 15. I finally reached out for help when I was 50.

    Talking about mental health in my family was a taboo subject. It was about what it looked like. The perfect family is not so perfect.

     

  • It took me 35 years. I attempted suicide when I was 15. I finally reached out for help when I was 50.

    Talking about mental health in my family was a taboo subject. It was about what it looked like. The perfect family is not so perfect.

     

  • It took 12 years.

    My life was rapidly changing and I lost all sense of myself.  I resisted recovery because I was tough enough to do it on my own.  You know how well that ended.

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