According to National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five adults in America, 43.8 million people experience mental illness. This is 18.5% of our total population. Dr. Jill Grimes joined the ladies to share more about the importance of mental health awareness and insomnia solutions.

Mental Health Facts & Figures

Here are some data points you can use to speak to the scope of mental health:

  • 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 second leading cause of death among people aged 10-34.

Even before the pandemic, we saw skyrocketing numbers for anxiety and depression in college students…and it’s getting worse!

  • “Only” 18.7% of students were seen & treated for depression
  • 41% felt so depressed it was difficult to function
  • 63% experienced overwhelming anxiety
  • 12% seriously considered suicide & 1.7% attempted suicide. (American College Health Association 2018 data)

Having Trouble Falling Asleep Or Staying Asleep?

This can be a result of depression or anxiety. Insomnia is a very common manifestation of depression or anxiety. Can’t fall asleep? “Initial insomnia”- more likely anxiety
Can’t stay asleep? Waking at 2:17 a.m. each morning? “Terminal insomnia”- more likely depression

What Helps With Insomnia?

  1. Consistent sleep/wake schedule
  2. Daily aerobic exercise
  3. Address all the senses: smell (aromatherapy), sight (sleeping mask), noise (ceiling fan, noise-canceling earphones, white noise), touch (weighted blanket- 15- 20lbs),
  4. Guided meditation apps
  5. Avoid stimulants- not just caffeine & nicotine, but also decongestants
  6. Avoid screens at least the last hour before bed

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After twenty years of private practice in Austin, Dr. Grimes now works part-time on campus at the University of Texas University Health Services. As a parent of college students herself, Dr. Grimes is especially empathetic to the medical challenges these young people experience. Learn more about Dr. Grimes and her book.

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