People suffering from depression don’t always appear mopey or downtrodden. In fact, there are some sufferers of depression who do a pretty good job of hiding their feelings from others. Mental Health Awareness Month is all about spreading the word, helping friends who may be in need, and learning what you should do if you are having a mental health issue. There are various ways that counselors and therapists can help people with mental health problems. Sometimes going to counseling is enough to make you feel better but there’s no shame in needing more intensive help from mental health experts. Learn how you can keep your mental health balanced during Mental Health Awareness Month by reading tips, finding local resources, and spreading the message of hope.
Promoting Mental Health
Screening If you can fill out a questionnaire while being completely honest then you can easily be screened for mental illnesses. Although lots of mental illnesses can stem from depression, there are also people struggling to deal with feelings of anger and frustration, despair and sadness, and even those who feel manic at times. If you aren’t a mental health expert, you can’t diagnose yourself or anyone else for that matter. During Mental Health Awareness Month, supporters should be encouraging everyone they know to go and get screened. You can have a mental health screening at the doctor’s office or find a program that will match you with a mental health service provider.
Why Mental Health Awareness Is Important
In recent months, two of the most well-known musicians in the world took their own lives, with many linking their deaths directly to depressions. First, former Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell was found dead at the age of 52. Within weeks a fellow musician and very close friend of his, Chester Bennington, was found dead of suicide as well. People who aren’t mental illness experts can’t seem to understand why two successful people might want to take their own lives, but this is exactly how mental illness works. You can empathize with a depressed person but you can’t ever understand how they are feeling. Fans of the deceased musicians have taken to wearing a mental health awareness ribbon to help make others pay closer attention to how prevalent suicide, depression, and other mental health issues can touch anyone at any time.
How to Help a Friend with Mental Health Issues
Whether it’s your best friend who you see suffering from depression for years or a casual acquaintance at work who is looking for a lifeline, there’s several things that can help the situation. First, you can reach out to a crisis prevention program that may be able to help your friend get connected with an inpatient facility, doctor, or a different program that deals with serious mental health issues. If you have a friend who won’t agree to get help, you just have to keep after him or her. Don’t let more than a few days go by before you broach the topic again. In the interim, you can be supportive in all areas of their life and always try to make yourself available when they really might be in need. You still want to extend support to a friend even after you believe that they have gotten the help that they need because mental health issues can span a lifetime.
Taking Care of Your Own Mental Health
While you’re supporting Mental Health Awareness Month and checking on friends who may be in crisis, you also have to take good care of yourself. If you have ever felt sad for an extended period, find it hard to get motivated just to get out of bed, or suffer from any sort of emotional state that makes you feel unlike your regular self, you might be needing help as well. Remember that millions in the US have been diagnosed with depression as well as other mental health disorders and they’re still as happy as ever. Getting help with a mental health issue as early as possible can best for you, especially if you have a family history of depression. Suicidal thoughts can come on suddenly but if you have ever felt depressed before or even have a relative who dealt with suicide, you could be at a higher risk. Act now before you end up facing a long-term mental health issue that makes you feel totally overwhelmed.
Why Mental Health Matters
Everyone from stay at home moms to competitive weightlifters can feel depressed, become gloomy, or feel like their lives are never going to turn out alright. If you have a chemical imbalance in the brain, you’re simply not going to feel better on your own for long, and the symptoms could just come back and make you feel worse one day. Getting help means that you must ask for it, and Mental Health Awareness Month may be the right time for you to start speaking out. Getting over depression is more than something that you just have to snap out of. Don’t ignore the signs of a mental health issue under the assumption that you’ll feel better on your own with time.
Find support from friends and family that you know care about you as well as your mental health. Start meeting with a counselor that will listen and let you talk about your problems even if you don’t have medical insurance and wonder about how you’re going to pay your healthcare bills. There are various programs available to people who have mental health issues as well as those just wanting to be screened. Whatever help you’d be willing to extend to a friend, you have to be willing to apply to yourself. It is never easy to get over a mental health crisis but you will get better a lot faster if you enable yourself to get help in whatever form you can use it the most. Mental health matters, whether it is for you or a loved one.
If you are looking for help to deal with a mental health issue yourself, or if you have a friend who is suffering, get in touch with Desert Parkway Behavioral Healthcare Hospital. We can help you.
If you or someone you know is at immediate risk of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at: 1-800-273-8255.
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