The term “mental health” is not one that is foreign to most of us. It’s been at the forefront of conversation since the beginning of the pandemic of 2020, more than it ever has before. The reason for all the conversation: it’s a VERY BIG DEAL!! With an estimated 1 in 4 adults suffering from some kind of disorder related to mental health every year, it needs to be at the forefront of health conversations, just as much as cancer and heart disease. Mental health illnesses take 4 of the top 10 spots in the causes of disability in the US. No age is immune. The Census Bureau and the National Center For Health Statistics conducted a recent survey and found that people ages 18 to 39 years old had the largest ranking of depression and anxiety. May is recognized as National Mental Health Month, but this is such a fiercely important topic of concern, it should be recognized every day of every month. We don’t have any professional mental health training but wanted to research and have a piece full of information from some people who do. Opening up the conversation and offering some helpful strategies is always a good idea.
Our mental health is just as important as our physical health.This is about highlighting some ways that we all can adjust our lives and schedules to make sure we are making good mental health a top priority. Whether you are being proactive and making a good plan or you find yourself in a hard season, these are some good practices to put in place.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned as I walk through life, it’s this: no one has a perfect, carefree life without problems, struggles, and hard times. We all face adversity. It’s normal to have stress, anxiety, fear at one time or another. If you find yourself in a place where you can’t get through the hard times your in, please reach out and tell someone and seek help. It’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Part of living a healthy life is to be healthy mentally and you do whatever you need to do to live a long, full life, physically AND mentally. We care and we’re on your side!
For more information, you can check out these organizations:
Mental Health America https://www.mhanational.org/
National Alliance On Mental Illness https://www.nami.org/Home
Good Therapy https://www.goodtherapy.org/find-therapist.html
Psychology Today https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists
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