Breaking the Stigma: How Prioritizing Mental Health Can Transform Your Life
It’s time to talk about mental health?
Mental health is a topic that has been gaining more and more attention in the past few years, but it’s still not talked about nearly enough. In fact, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), only one in five people with a mental illness will seek treatment for their condition. That number is even lower for young adults and children.
Common Misconceptions about Mental Health
Misconception: Mental illness is a sign of weakness.
Common sense tells us that if someone is sick, they should go to the doctor. But when it comes to mental health, this isn’t always the case. Many people with mental illnesses feel ashamed or embarrassed by their condition and don’t seek treatment because they think it will make them look weak or incompetent at work or in other areas of life. The truth is that having a mental illness doesn’t mean you aren’t strong; it just means your brain isn’t functioning properly right now–just like if you had pneumonia or appendicitis!
In reality, most people with serious mental illnesses are not violent criminals; rather than being dangerous individuals who pose an imminent threat to others’ safety as well as their own lives, many struggles simply trying just get through each day without succumbing completely under the weight of their symptoms before moving forward again tomorrow morning when they wake up again feeling refreshed enough after sleeping all night long without waking up once due fearfulness surrounding nightmares caused by PTSD symptoms caused by trauma experienced earlier during childhood years spent growing up poor living conditions where parents could barely afford food let alone provide adequate shelter from harsh weather conditions like hurricanes which destroyed homes along coastal regions where these families lived near beaches since hurricanes often cause flooding inland areas near oceans making living conditions unsafe for humans who live close enough proximity
The Impact of Mental Health
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 300 million people worldwide suffer from depression; suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds; and anxiety disorders affect nearly one in five Americans every year.
In addition to these staggering statistics, there are other consequences associated with poor mental health that are less obvious but equally alarming: high rates of unemployment or underemployment; lower productivity at work; higher healthcare costs due to chronic disease management issues like diabetes or heart disease; increased risk for substance abuse (including alcohol); poorer academic performance in children who grow up in homes where their parents suffer from depression or anxiety disorders
Warning Signs of Poor Mental Health
You may be experiencing poor mental health if you:
Feel sad, anxious, or depressed for more than two weeks.
Have trouble sleeping or sleeping too much.
Have changes in appetite (e.g., loss of appetite).
Feel guilty about things that are not your fault.
If you are struggling with mental health issues, there are many resources available to help you.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free and confidential 24/7 hotline available to anyone in crisis or emotional distress. You can call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) at any time of day or night, 7 days a week.
If you need immediate assistance, please contact 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
Mental Health Resources
Here are some of the most common mental health resources:
Hotlines: If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your emotions or need to talk to someone, hotlines can provide you with immediate help. You can call 1-800-273-8255 or text “start” to 741-741 for free 24/7 crisis support from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL). The NSPL also has an online chat option if calling isn’t possible for you at that moment.
Counseling: If counseling is something that interests you, there are many different types of therapists who specialize in helping people deal with their problems–from depression and anxiety to trauma therapy and addiction treatment services. You may want to do some research into what kind of therapist would be best suited for your needs before making an appointment so that both parties know what they’re getting into from the beginning!
Diet and Exercise
You may have heard that diet and exercise are important for your physical health, but did you know that they can also be key factors in maintaining mental health? Many people who suffer from mental illness also struggle with obesity, which can lead to additional health problems. In fact, one study found that obese individuals were twice as likely to be diagnosed with a mood disorder compared to those who were not obese.
To maintain a healthy weight and reduce your risk of developing depression or another mental illness:
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables daily (at least five servings). They contain vitamins A, C, and E; folic acid; potassium; magnesium; zinc; chromium–all of which help regulate blood sugar levels while providing essential nutrients for brain function.* Limit processed foods containing added sugars or trans fats (found in baked goods like cookies) because these ingredients may increase inflammation in the body.* Consume lean protein sources such as fish or poultry at least twice per week instead of red meat because red meat has been linked with an increased risk for heart disease.* Cut back on alcoholic beverages since alcohol can interfere with sleep patterns –which makes it harder for us all-around wellness!
Stress is a common cause of health problems and can lead to a variety of illnesses. The good news is that you can take steps to manage your stress levels, which will help you feel better physically and mentally.
Stress management techniques include:
Yoga – A gentle form of exercise that promotes relaxation
Meditation – A mental discipline involving the practice of sitting quietly with eyes closed and focusing attention on one’s breathing or an object such as a mantra (a word or phrase repeated silently in order to achieve calmness)
Social support is one of the most important factors in maintaining mental health. It’s not just about having someone to talk to when you’re feeling down, but also about having a group of people who are there for you no matter what.
Social support is especially important for those suffering from mental illnesses like depression or anxiety disorders because it helps them feel less isolated and alone in their struggles. Having people around who understand what you’re going through can be invaluable during hard times–and it can even help keep those with chronic conditions from relapsing into old patterns of thinking or behavior that lead back down the path toward illness!
The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone. There are so many resources available to you, and they’re all listed in this article. The next time you feel like your mental health is suffering, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. You can do it
It’s also important to remember that if someone else asks for help with their mental health issues, it doesn’t mean they are weak or broken – it just means they need some extra support in order to get through whatever challenge they’re facing at the moment. We all deserve happiness and peace of mind; no one should have to suffer alone when there are so many options available today!