Did you know that 43.8 million adults (1 in 5) experience mental illness in a given year? During the month of May, organizations across the country are raising awareness of Mental Health and talking about ways we can support people with mental illness.
What is Mental Health?
According to the mentalhealth.gov website, “mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices.”
Are their warning signs?
The www.mentalhealth.gov website provides a list of early warning signs to be aware of either for ourselves or for someone we may know who might be living with mental health problems. This list is not an all inclusive list, for more early warning signs and other information, visit www.mentalhealth.gov.
- Eating or sleeping too much or too little
- Pulling away from people and usual activities
- Having low or no energy
- Feeling like nothing matters
- Feeling helpless or hopeless
- Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual
- Yelling or fighting with friends
- Inability to perform daily tasks
What can I do for my own Mental Health?
There are ways we can improve or maintain positive mental health and it may include:
- Getting help – if things are get too much for you handle, reach out and find help. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has a treatment referral helpline that offers general information on mental health and can help locate treatment services in your area. Call 1-877-726-4727.
- Take care of your body - eat nutritious meals, get plenty of exercise, and get enough sleep each night.
- Learn coping strategies - some strategies you might try could include deep breathing, yoga, meditation, muscle relaxation, or recognizing triggers.
- Stay positive - foster optimism and avoid negative thinking.
- Help others – volunteer your time to helping others in need. According to Mental Health America, people who consistently help other people experience less depression, greater calm, fewer pains and better health. To find volunteer opportunities in our community, visit the United Way of the Wabash Valley website at http://uwwv.org/get-involved/volunteer/.
- Connect with others – surround yourself with positive people. Supportive family members and friends can help you deal with the stresses you may encounter.
Resourcs: www.mentalhealth.gov and https://www.uhs.umich.edu/tenthings .To find information about mental health services and resources in your area, visit https://www.mentalhealth.gov/talk/connect and enter your in zip code.