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Mental Health Matters For Everyone

MHM2015 B4Stage4 VERTICAL BANNERLike any other chronic health condition, untreated mental health conditions can worsen with time.

That’s why organizations like Mental Health America of Wisconsin are emphasizing the importance of awareness and preventative treatment as we observe Mental Health Month this May.

When we think about common health issues in our country like cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, we don’t wait for them to develop. We start before Stage 4, implementing preventative measures to help keep our children and family members healthy. This mindset should also apply to our mental health.

“The good news is, most mental health problems are very treatable. The bad news is, there are several barriers that prevent people from getting treatment,” writes Huffington Post Healthy Living Blogger and Psychotherapist, Amy Morin. “Many people fail to recognize the warning signs and symptoms of a mental health problem. There’s also still a stigma associated with seeking treatment for mental health problems. And for many people, treatment simply isn’t affordable.”

It’s important, then, to learn the signs and address symptoms early on in order to plan an appropriate course of action to achieving overall health. We must also work together to get the word out about mental health awareness and the resources that are available for those who struggle with this reality.

Thankfully, there are resources out there that are free and available to the public. One of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition is to take a mental health screening. Mental Health America has online screening tools for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. MHA’s goal is to get every American screened and aware of their mental health, so they can address it #B4Stage4.

mentalhealth_avatar-1You can also visit MHA’s website and use their Mental Health Resources tool – it will locate support groups, help lines and therapists according to the county you live in.

66 years ago May is Mental Health month was started by MHA Wisconsin’s national organization to help raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone. You can get involved this month by attending their Music for the Mind benefit concert on May 29 in Milwaukee. The event is open to all ages and will feature live music, coffee beverages and libations. Show support for the MHA of Wisconsin and all the work they’re doing in Wisconsin!

Your involvement doesn’t have to stop there. Be an advocate every day to help change the stigma of mental illness. Reach out to your loved ones to let them know they are supported. And take care of yourself by checking-in with your mental health regularly. 

 

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