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Naomi Connell wrote -
loveislouder was started by Brittany Snow, The Jed Foundation and MTV to build on the outpouring of support online after the lives of multiple teenagers were lost to suicide in September 2010. This movement strives to amplify the momentum of other inspiring online campaigns and invite anyone who has felt mistreated, misunderstood or isolated into the conversation. We are here to raise the volume around a critical message -- that love and support is more powerful than the external and internal voices that bring us down, cause us pain and make us feel hopeless.
The more voices that join the movement, the louder the message becomes. #LoveisLouder.
Anyone can raise the volume on the Love is Louder movement by joining in the conversation on Facebook and Twitter*, or by uploading a brief video (30 seconds or less) at http://your.mtv.com – telling the world what they believe love is louder than.
** Any money raised will be going to The Jed Foundation.
My name is Naomi, im 21 years old and I live in Australia, I have been bullied & put down for the majority of my life. I have also suffered from depression and contemplated suicide. With the help of friends, family, professional help, and also the help and kind words from Brittany Snow ( which i was lucky enough to have her take time out of her day to write to me! For which i am so grateful- she got me through a lot of bad days) I am now doing alot better and want to help others in any way i can. I wouldn't wish depression on anyone.
Here are some statistics based on Australia, my home.
Did you know that 1 in 4 people experience mental health difficulties?? Yep, it's true! This means that many (most!) of us will at some stage know and live with someone - a parent, sibling, friend, partner - who is going through a really tough time. In extreme cases, mental illness can be debilitating, affecting all areas of a person’s life from employment, to relationships, to everyday functioning.
Depression and anxiety are the most prevalent mental disorders experienced by Australians. Depression alone is predicted to be one of the world’s largest health problems by 2020.
Around one million Australian adults and 100,000 young people live with depression each year. On average, one in five people will experience depression in their lives; one in four females and one in six males.
Mental disorders and suicide account for 14.2 % of Australia’s total health burden –which equates to 374,541 years of healthy life lost.
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