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The Importance of Mental Health

The Importance of Mental Health

The month of May is focused on Mental Health Awareness. This recognition is meant to help fight the stigma often associated with mental health, provide support, educate the public, and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families. It’s important that no one should ever feel alone when dealing with mental health concerns.

Mental health conditions can include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Addiction/substance use disorder
  • Postpartum disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • ADHD and ADD

Where can you get support?

Depending on others for support is a normal part of life. It's not always easy, but it can make a big difference in how you feel—emotionally and physically. Most people want to help. In many cases, it is difficult to tell if someone is struggling. That’s why it is best to express yourself and what you are experiencing. Here are some ideas about where to get emotional support.

Family

Family members can give you comfort and encouragement during the treatments and the decisions you face.

Friends

Building strong relationships with others is important for your emotional well-being. Don't be afraid to ask your friends for support. Helping is a big part of friendship. At times you may be the one who encourages a friend.

Counseling

Professional counseling can help you cope with situations that interfere with your life and cause stress.

Your doctor

Find a doctor you trust and feel comfortable with. Be open and honest about your fears and concerns. Your doctor can help you learn about treatments, including counseling.

Religious groups

Religious or spiritual groups may help you meet people and get involved in the community. Some religious organizations can help you get counseling or other social support services.

Social groups

Social groups can help you meet new people and get involved in activities you enjoy.

Community support groups

In a support group, you can talk to others who have dealt with the same problems or illness as you. You can encourage each other and learn ways of coping with tough emotions.
 

For mental health resources or to find help, click here: www.mhanational.org/mental-health-month

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