May is when we highlight the importance of mental health awareness. The stigma around mental health has been present for a long time, although this is finally starting to change. Still, many avoid seeking help or talking to anyone about it for fear of being judged. In some cultures, it is considered a weakness or even evil.
Millions of people suffer from mental health issues and the number keeps growing. Mental health is an important part of overall health and wellbeing, so it is important that we not only advocate for each other but know the signs and how to help. According to WithConfetti.com over 200 million working days are lost due to issues around untreated mental issues. An increased understanding at work, home and in the community can create a more empathetic and supportive community.
There are many reasons for mental health issues and many different types of emotional states one can be experiencing. Extreme Stress, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar/Schizophrenia, Trauma, Grief and Relationship Issues are just a few conditions affecting so many Americans. There are also statistics questioning whether stresses of the pandemic increased the amount of suicides as many were affected financially and health wise (U.S.News 2022).
How can you help someone you are worried about?
DON’T do the Following:
Keep the discussion open and active as many people continue to suffer in silence. We understand that mental health services can be challenging to obtain in some states so we see patients in need of help regularly. We can connect you to local psychiatrists, counselors, therapists, and facilities to get you the help you need.
Crisis Text Line: Home 741741
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-8255
The Trevor Project (LGBTQ)” Call 1-866-488-7386, Text Start to 678-678
Veteran’s Crisis Line: Call 1-800-273-8255
Sources: Project Healthy Minds, Withconfetti.com, NAMI.org, U.S.News March 23, 2022