A Nation Grappling With Mental Health Denial

It’s easy to put depression into a box of symptoms, and though we as a society are constantly told mental illness comes in all shapes and sizes, we are stuck with a mental health stock image in our heads that many people don’t match. When we see depression and anxiety in adolescents, we see teens struggling to get by in their day-to-day lives. We see grades dropping. We see involvement replaced by isolation.

People slip through the cracks. We are a nation grappling with
mental health issues.

Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States, with almost 15 million adults and one in eight teenagers affected by it every year. Most people who haven’t experienced depression may only know it as a stereotype — you know, the overly sad person sitting in a dark corner. In reality, depression doesn’t have one specific “look,” and it’s certainly more than feeling a bit down one day.

Lynnis Woods-Mullins, CHC,CPI,CLC is a mind, body, spirit wellness guru for Women over 40. Lynnis is also a Talk Show Host, Editor/Publisher, Speaker and  Founder of PraiseWorks Health and Wellness. At the age of 51, Lynnis decided that after twenty-five years in the field of Human Resources as professional and Manager it was time to make a change. In 2009, Lynnis made a decision to pursue her true calling which is holistic education! “I wanted to pursue my true calling of educating women on how to achieve total wellness of the mind, body and spirit through holistic practices and fitness.

The mission of PraiseWorks Health and Wellness is to educate and inspire women at an important time in their lives. We are striving to provide a way to total wellness for women who are 40, 50, 60 and beyond through building the mind, strengthening the body, and encouraging the spirit.

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If you or someone you know needs help, please visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also reach the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741-741. Head here for a list of crisis centers around the world.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or by calling 1-800-662-HELP.