For years I noticed so many of my close relatives, friends, and acquaintances suffer from undiagnosed mental health issues. These are people that were financially viable and socially “normal” by society's standards. Behind closed doors they suffered in silence and fought beasts that could have been tamed with professional help.
I am part of this grouping of minority individuals superficially making it through life with all the necessary tools, but with mental hang-ups. I've constantly told myself things like "snap out of it”, "man up", or "get over it". I was unaware of the systemic approach I had grown accustomed to. In 2017 a string of traumatic events forced me to start facing my underlying issues. Once I sought guidance and professional help I found that there was an evident problem and I had been ignoring it. There was a lot of red tape and drawbacks when it came to accessing mental health information and modern mental services for minority individuals. I quickly realized that this could have been one of the many causes behind several of the people I watched suffer from mental illness not seeking the proper medical treatment. I then considered the huge costs associated with untreated mental illness and realized the gap needed to be bridged.