May is Mental Health Awareness Month (also referred to as Mental Health Month). It is an annual recognition of the need to cure stigmas surrounding mental health issues.
In acknowledgement of Mental Health Month, individuals, families, and professionals strive to open up more conversations about mental health issues to promote healing. This is necessary because individuals experience shame around mental health episodes, which can be debilitating and inhibit seeking help.
Speak Out During Mental Health Month
In the United States, it is estimated around one in five adults struggled with mental illness last year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. That is 20% of the adult population. Unfortunately, due to the stigma and fear attached to mental health issues, many Americans are not seeking the help they need.
There are a variety of issues individuals can experience, all to varying degrees. Some individuals are struggling with anxiety disorders, depression, or excessive-compulsive disorder. Others aren’t diagnosed with a mental health illness but are navigating a life change such as moving, losing a loved one, or job loss.
Whatever is happening in your life, there is no shame in seeking help when you need it. For many, they are fearful to admit the need for help and support. This may be because they are too focused on what other people might think of them. Or, they may fear that the knowledge of their issue could negatively impact their family or career.
Mental Health Awareness Month exists to let people know that if they need help, they should seek it. If you or someone you know is experiencing mental health issue, such as anxiety or depression, you are not alone. Talking through your issues can provide relief. There is a path to health and healing.
Also, if you are an older adult or have physical issues, it’s important to remember there is a strong link between physical and mental health. If your physical health is weak, you may be more susceptible to experiencing a mental health crisis. Evidence shows an increased possibility of mental illness in individuals with chronic illnesses. Similarly, individuals with mental illness are more likely to experience physical ailments. It is important to take care of your overall health. Make your wellbeing at every level, physical and mental, a priority.
If you or someone you know is suffering, there is help available. Contact Van Blarcom Consulting today to get help with life challenges, worrying, anxiety, or other issues. Sessions can be over the phone, so Van Blarcom Consulting is available wherever you are. Day, evening, and weekend appointments are all possibilities. If you are located in Santa Rosa, CA, in person house calls are also an option.
Discussing what you are experiencing, and understanding the possible causes, can lead to a better life.