As May comes to a close, we’d like to take some time to reflect on the month that was. For the unaware, May is “Mental Health Awareness Month” each year and it is a great time to help spread awareness of mental health issues and to take stock in your own mental health care. It’s no secret that we’re staunch mental health advocates around here and we want the very best for the mental health of all of our patrons and fellow citizens of Idaho. Let’s look at some ways that you can learn more about Mental Health Awareness Month and how you can help spread awareness and help others along their mental health journey.
How You Can Help Break The Stigma Surrounding Mental Health
One of the first things you can do is to talk to someone you know about mental health and ask them questions about what they know about mental health issues facing people in the U.S. today. You can let them know that mental health issues like depression and anxiety disorders are very common and that they shouldn’t feel ashamed if they think that they may be suffering from any sort of mental health issue. In fact, here are some numbers on the frequency of mental health conditions across people in the U.S.:
1 in 5 adults experience a mental health condition in a given year
1 in 6 youth between the ages of 6 through 17 experience a mental health condition
On average, over 47 million adults in the U.S. are currently facing mental health issues
Once you realize how common mental health issues are, you may feel less ashamed or scared to talk about your own issues that you may be having. This information can help others face their fears too and may enable them to seek professional help to address and diagnose their issues.
Spread The Word Through Social Media
You can spread the word and join in the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag “#NotAlone”. In the age of social distancing, it may feel like we’re more isolated than ever, but you can help friends, family, and even complete strangers feel better and feel that they are #NotAlone by participating in public conversations on social media about mental health care awareness. You can be part of the solution to lowering the stigma of mental health issues!
Take Stock In Your Own Mental Health State
As important as it is to help others gain awareness and help them address their issues, it is equally important to address your own. If you feel like you may need someone to talk to or just want some advice on how to handle the different problems you’re facing in life, then it may be time to reach out to a mental health professional like North End Psychiatry. In this day and age, self care is more important than ever and you should make sure that you are taking care of yourself so that you can be there for others when they are struggling. We’re always happy to hear from you. If you want to set up a remote online therapy session, please contact us today.