Did you know that: 

  • Approximately 2.6 percent of American adults−6.1 million people−live with bipolar disorder
  • Mood disorders such as depression are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for both youth and adults ages 18 to 44
  • About 9.2 million adults have co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders
  • Although military members comprise less than 1 percent of the U.S. population, veterans represent 20 percent of suicides nationally. Each day, about 18 veterans die from suicide (x)

Mental illnesses are still highly stigmatized. Whether you chose to share your story or just offer to listen and help another, spread the word. We are people too and we deserve to be heard. 


Hello friends! To get my blog back up and active again (since classes are over yay!) I would like to start a Mental Illness Awareness Week for Monday, May 5 to Sunday, May 11. Here are the posts I have planned for this coming week:

Monday May 5: mental illnesses in children

Tuesday May 6: mental illnesses in adolescence

Wednesday May 7: mental illnesses in adults

Thursday May 8: organizations reducing mental illness stigmas 

Friday May 9: self care awareness 

Saturday May 10: prescription psychiatric medication awareness

Sunday May 11: submit! Tell me how the week impacted you, how you are not your mental illness, what you learned, something you can share. These submissions may be completely anonymous or you can credit yourself and blog. Pictures, stories, drawings, comments, questions, encouragements, ect are all welcomed!  

Like and reblog to get the word around to your friends! Click follow to keep up with this week’s posts as well. I want to make this something that impacts many people; I can only do that with your help! Thank you so much -Doctor Bun xx 


This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week in Canada.

Mental illness affects 1 in 5 youth in Canada, and in tragic instances, may lead to suicidal thoughts or behaviours. Every year, there are over 700 young Canadians who die by suicide, making it the second leading cause of death among 15 to 25 year olds. 

Partners for Mental Health (PFMH) has put together a guide for parents on how to talk to teenagers about mental health. The Right by You campaign offers a free guide and toolkit that parents and caregivers can download at

Sometimes, books can help start difficult but essential conversations.

We’ve put together a reading list with some of our best and most compelling reads about teens struggling with mental illness. 

Counting Backwards

The Murmurings


The Treatment


Lovely, Dark and Deep

This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week. We decided to put together a list of YA novels featuring a variety of mental illnesses, from depression to multiple personality disorder. While some of these books are “issue” books - focusing on the mental illness and the subsequent effects - some are books that just happen to feature characters with mental illness.

For obvious reasons, these books may be a trigger to those suffering from mental illnesses. If you feel depressed or feel an urge to self-harm, we encourage you to reach out to the people around you who care about you - or, if you don’t feel like that is an option, you can call 1-800-273-TALK (a 24-hour crisis hotline), 1-800-SUICIDE (a 24-hour suicide hotline), 1-800-334-HELP (a 24-hour self injury hotline) or contact any of these excellent resources.

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher • Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown • Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Doller • Something Like Normalby Trish Doller • These Gentle Wounds by Helene Dunbar Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green • OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin • Impulse by Ellen Hopkins • Lexapros and Cons by Aaron Karo • Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn • Zoe Letting Go by Nora Price • Scars by Cheryl Rainfield • Crazy by Amy Reed • Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos • The Unbound by Victoria Schwab • Freaks Like Us by Susan Vaught • Cracked by KM Walton

Which one of these books - or characters - is your favorite?


Reblog to raise awareness - I created all of these for people to COPY and UPLOAD/USE - extra copies are on

This Child Abuse Awareness ones are Very hard to find for modifying online - they all seem copyrighted so I made this for people. Mental health awareness is similar, and I’ve never seen a Complex PTSD or DDNOS ribbon or badge anywhere before.

REBLOG everyone! Let’s help these images get out there to bloggers, websites, writers and social networking


So in honor of this week being mental illness awareness week, I’m going to become the most annoying person on your news feed. Why, you might ask? Because instead of posting pictures of parties or obnoxious selfies, or posting updates on Breaking Bad or updating everyone who doesn’t actually care about my relationship status, I’m going to make a post a day about mental illness, mental health, or stigma. Let’s start off this week with an article on stigma, and educate ourselves on what that means, and why that’s important. I’ll also be posting a mental health word of the day. Today’s word is “stigma”

stig·ma noun \ˈstig-mə\: a set of negative and often unfair beliefs that a society or group of people have about something.

I made a post on Facebook about Mental Illness Awareness Week. Oopsies.

This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week

But as we are talking about mental illnesses and spreading the word, we all need to remember:

a person is not a mental illness. 

Mental illness may be a part of who we are, it may affect how we act and feel, but it does not define us.

Please don’t forget this important distinction. 

I think it’s an important part of recovery to be able to separate yourself from your mental illness.

After all, would you blame someone who had a fever? Would you think of them as the person with a fever? No. That’s ridiculous. You help them get through it, you give them time to take care of themselves, you are patient with them.

Now of course this analogy isn’t perfect– mental illness isn’t something that can be as easily or quickly cured as a fever. But just because it affects us for longer doesn’t mean it becomes us

About 2 to 3 million adults and about 500,000 kids and teens in the United States suffer from OCD. OCD, which stands for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, is an anxiety disorder in which a person has obsessions (unwanted, intrusive thoughts, images, or urges that trigger anxiety) that cause them to engage in compulsions (behaviors that the person engages in to get rid of obsessions or anxiety). A person with OCD can often go untreated for up to 14 to 17 years due to embarrassment, lack of awareness about the disorder, lack of proper training of therapists for identifying and treating the disorder, and inability to pay for treatment. That is why OCD awareness is vital!

In honor of OCD Awareness Week (October 9 - October 15), check out this list of books that offer true and fictional stories of people dealing with OCD:

  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  • The Man Who Couldn’t Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought by David Adam
  • The Unlikely Hero of Room 13-B by Teresa Toten
  • Rewind, Replay, Repeat: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Jeff Bell
  • OCD, the Dude, and Me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn
  • Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
  • Med Head: My Knock-Down, Drag-Out, Drugged-Up Battle with My Brain by James Patterson
  • Fig by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz
  • OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu
  • Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
  • Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann
  • Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood by Jennifer Traig

All of the statistics and facts in this post were taken from the website of the International OCD Foundation. See their site for more information to find local therapists who specialize in treating OCD.