Living with mental health illness can be very difficult at times, not just for the unwell but for the loved ones as well. Did you know that 1 in 4 adults suffer from mental illness? Living with a mental health disorder has a significant effect on day to day life. It effects your mood, thinking, behavior, triggers depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, eating disorder, and addictive behaviors. When someone is suffering from mental health illness problems and starts to use alcohol and drugs as an outlet, this can lead to suicidal thoughts and behavior. Drugs and alcohol will impair judgment and only make the condition worsen. Substance abuse disorder, also known as SUD, can lead to changes in the brain and can lead to depression. Fifty percent of those who have died from suicide where intoxicated at the time of death. Mental health and substance abuse DO NOT mix. If you suffer from depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, or any of the sort, using drugs and alcohol will only make things worse for you and your loved ones. Your illness does not only affect you but your loved ones and the people around you. Sixty percent of patients in rehabilitation centers for drugs and alcohol has been diagnosed with a mental health disorder. Studies have shown that 50% of the men and women that suffer from substance abuse and mental health disorder have survived severe trauma, such as rape, abuse, or neglect. They often turn to drugs or alcohol as their coping mechanism as an attempt to mask the pain. When we mix metal health and substance abuse, the outcome is never good. Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the united states. Thirty-four thousand per year die for suicide, and that’s not counting the attempts made. Ninety percent of those deaths had mental health illness. People who suffer from substance use disorder are six times more likely to attempt or commit suicide. Don’t let mental health or SUD be the elephant in the room. Learn how to approach the situation or if you are the one suffering, please reach out to a loved one or call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Never feel ashamed of asking for help. It just might save your life or someone else’s.