WHAT, WHERE, WHO AND WHEN
EEP is a project designed by 6 teens from around the world, who wanted to make mental health awareness and education resources available to all. Mental health is a subject that has long been stigmatised in our society, and we hope to lessen that stigma in as many ways as we can. It can be incredibly difficult to come to terms with having a mental illness, and many individuals simply aren’t educated on what mental illnesses are or how to recognize them -- whether that be in themselves or a loved one. EEP aims to provide this information by giving anyone and everyone access to statistics, resources, and tips regarding mental health and mental illness awareness.
EEP consists of three main factors: this website, a booklet, and a presentation. With each of these resources we hope to make mental health education easily accessible and understandable to anybody; while also allowing anyone to have access to downloadable versions of these resources. We want not only to create a space that people can turn to in order to educate themselves, but a space in which everybody can utilize our resources in order to raise awareness in their own communities. The stigma around mental health varies globally, but something that is undeniable is its presence everywhere. The only way to combat this stigma is to openly discuss these issues and reveal how real and prevalent they are to everyone.
Something that is often brought up when discussing mental health is the misconception that only a few people are affected by mental illnesses. In actuality, millions of people from around the globe suffer with diagnosable mental illnesses, with an estimated one in every 5 people affected. What’s truly unfortunate about this fact is sheer lack of importance this subject is given around the world.
We live in a society that has long stigmatized mental illnesses, whether that be in our media -- films, books, music, etc. -- or just in our daily lives as a whole. Not only are mental illness something that millions are bound to deal with, but mental health struggles are something every individual will deal with -- whether that be to a large degree or something less severe.
[Global] Approximately 800,000 people die from suicide yearly -- that’s about one death every 40 seconds.
[Global] Suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-29 year olds
[Global] 300 million people are affected by depression
[Global] 60 million are affected by bipolar disorder