How to Recognize Mental Health Awareness Month
Millions of Americans live with mental health issues. But nearly two-thirds of people diagnosed with mental illness never seek treatment.
Mental Health Awareness Month, created by Mental Health America in 1949, is a national movement committed to combating the stigma surrounding mental illness and helping Americans improve their mental well-being. As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, Cameron Memorial Community Hospital is urging members of our community to learn to recognize and address mental health issues in themselves and their loved ones.
The coronavirus pandemic has had an immeasurable impact on the mental health of people from all communities. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit focused on mental health, 4 in 10 adults reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder during the pandemic. In a similar poll conducted by the organization in 2019, that rate was 1 in 10 adults.
Mental Health Awareness Tips
As people begin returning to normal life, it’s essential to address any mental health issues before they develop into more severe conditions. Here’s how you can become part of Mental Health Awareness Month.
Be On the Lookout for Symptoms of Mental Health Disorders
These symptoms can present in both adults and adolescents. Signs and symptoms of mental illness can affect behavior, emotions, and thoughts. Examples include:
- Excessive concern
- Extreme feelings of guilt
- Sudden and extreme mood changes
- Withdrawal from social situations and activities
- Exhaustion and low energy
- Paranoia and detachment from reality
- Struggles to cope with routine problems and stresses
- Trouble relating to other people
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Major alterations to eating habits, such as eating too much or too little
- Lack of sex drive
- Excessive anger and hostility
- Thoughts of self-harm
Pledge to be StigmaFree
Unfortunately, the stigma around mental illness remains strong. But perpetuating the misconceptions associated with mental health issues is dangerous and can discourage individuals from seeking help. Make a pledge to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness. Learn more about the StigmaFree pledge from the National Alliance on Mental Health.
Seek Help When Needed
Plenty of resources are available for individuals experiencing mental health issues. You can reach out to your primary care provider for a referral to see a counselor or therapist, or you can contact a clinic directly for mental health services. If you need a primary care provider, Cameron Hospital can help.
Psychiatry Services at Cameron Hospital
Many mental health issues can be managed through therapy and treatment. Cameron Hospital offers a range of psychiatry services, including couples and family therapy, medication management, coping skills, psychiatric evaluation, and more. Patients can arrange telehealth or in-person appointments, depending on preference.
For more information, contact us online or call 260-667-5635.