During this month you will see people wearing green ribbons, honoring the National Mental Health Month in May. It is time to raise awareness to raise awareness for Mental Health and to become allies to people suffering from this condition.
One way or another we are all touched by mental health issues in our families, friends and communities. Did you know that over 44 million adults in the US suffer from mental illnesses and over 10 million of them have addiction disorders?
90% of suicides are triggered by an underlying mental illness. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US. Unfortunately, 60% of adults and 50% of youth with mental illness do not receive regular mental health related services.
Mental illnesses cost the US economy over $ 190 Billion ($190,000,000,000)!
But you are not alone. Here is what you can do to seek assistance and tackle mental health disorders:
- Actively seek the company of family, friends and co-sufferers
- Continue doing your favorite activities you love, such as reading, exercising, painting, playing music, and going for a walk. Writing down your thought in a diary is also very helpful to monitor your progress.
- Seek assistance from a mental health care professional. Your primary care physician might not be trained in mental health, hence talk to counsellors, social workers, nurses and trusted adult members in your family our among your friends.
- Don’t hide. Seek opportunities to talk about your concerns, about your feeling and explain what you are experiencing.
- If the mental health care specialist suggests a treatment, ask questions so you understand the treatment plan and what to expect.
- Keep a diary to see your progress
In addition to seeking assistance you can help yourself, too:
- Stay away from drugs and alcohol, they might make you feel better for a short time but over the long term they will worsen your condition. In addition, they are harmful to you.
- Stay positive and remove negativity or negative influences from your life. Seek actively to surround yourself with positive thoughts, positive people and activities.
- At the same time, be realistic what you can achieve to meet your needs and when to seek help.
- Redefine your goals at every step of your progress, rethink where you want to be and where you are right now.
- Reduce stress, increase the quality of your sleep and chose a healthy diet with low sugar content.
In some cases, natural products based on traditional medicine containing herbs and plants can have surprisingly good effect on mood and energy. But they can never replace a professional mental care and, if needed, prescription medication. However, trying the herbal remedies, such as Rhodiola rosea, Phosphatidylserine, Bacopa monniera and Vitamin B12 might help, give it a try.
It is not always easy, but you will get through it, you can do it. The first and most important step is admitting that one needs help to battle mental illness.
If you are suffering from mental health, ask for guidance, be your own hero. If you know people who might need your support, offer them your guidance.
We can do this, the National Mental Health Month is here to create awareness and empower us all.