Awareness –  Tools & Resources 

Chronic illness, mental illness, and caring for a loved one with illness impacts every aspect of life – faith, families, finances, friendships, education, hobbies, employment and marriage.

Did You Know?DID YOU KNOW? Awareness is an invitation to begin a conversation, to discover radical community, to encourage and build one another up, and to THRIVE in a life with chronic illness.

Our awareness campaign features   on our website and across our social media platforms – FacebookInstagramTwitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. Share to spread the word and increase awareness.

Quick easy fact sheets can be used with those in your sphere of influence – friends, family, churches, small groups, co-workers and neighbors.

Begin the conversation with the question, DID YOU KNOW? and you will be changing the landscape for more than half of the world’s population who live with chronic physical illness, for the 1 in 5 who live with mental illness, and for all those caring for someone with a chronic physical or mental illness.

Statistics show that either you or someone you love is affected by chronic illness – far more people than most realize.

Together, as we raise awareness, increase knowledge, and utilize educational materials tailored for all who are affected by chronic  physical and mental illness, we will also be shattering stigma and isolation, reminding each other and ourselves that while chronic illness is hard, there is hope.

There is always hope.

More than half of people live with chronic illness.

Chronic illness  – More than half of people are affected by chronic illness (60%). 96% of those illnesses are invisible – significantly impairing daily activities, yet showing few outward signs.

More than 1 in 5 people care for a loved one.

Caregivers – More than 1 in 5  people provide care for a chronically ill, disabled, or aged family member, averaging 24 hours per week.

Marriage and Chronic Illness

Marriage – Three-quarters of all marriages end in divorce when one spouse has chronic illness.

1 in 5 adults lives with chronic illness

Mental illness affects 1 in 5 adults – approximately 47 million adults in the United States alone and half of chronic mental illness begins by age 14.

Anxiety Fact

Anxiety – almost one-third of adults experience an anxiety disorder in their lifetime.

1 in 5 adults lives with chronic illness

Depression – almost one-third of people with chronic illness experience depression symptoms.

Parenting – Alomost 42%  live of children and teens live with one or more chronic illnesses.

Parenting – Almost half of all teens and young adults have a mental disorder. Half of all mental illness begins by age 14.

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