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Mental Health Awareness

May is Mental Health Awareness month.  On Supporgroups.com, Mental Health Awareness is our everyday goal.  In the year 2021 having a mental illness should be normalized, not just because it is a very common issue, but because we should be evolved enough to know that what we hide only festers.  We are however, subconsciously or consciously, still taught to keep the “less than perfect” things about ourselves hidden away.  We would venture a guess that most people would be more comfortable talking about their bathroom habits then the issues they deal with mentally.

According to the Centers for Disease Control:

  • More than 50% will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 5 Americans will experience a mental illness in a given year.
  • 1 in 5 children, either currently or at some point during their life, have had a seriously debilitating mental illness.
  • 1 in 25 Americans lives with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression. https://www.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/learn/

What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation. -Glenn Close

Most of us share a good portion of our lives online, we create carefully curated images and words to show others a portion of our life, we filter, we edit, we check the grammar and we post.  There is nothing wrong with this at all, but how honest is it?  The accounts that show the struggles, the cellulite, the tears, the behind the scenes, make us want to cheer, raw and real, that is what should be followed in 2021.  Perfection isn’t real, the most priceless works of art aren’t flawless, it is because of their imperfections that beauty is beheld by the naked eye.

There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in. -Leonard Cohen

What are some things you can do or incorporate into your life that can help your overall mental health?

  • Establish a health sleep schedule

It is so easy to want to stay up late and hit the snooze button a million times, but going to sleep early and sleeping 7-8 hours is needed for both physical and mental health.

  • Seek Counseling, Therapy and/or Support

Mental health care in America is nowhere where it should be.  It is a challenge to find practices that are accepting new patients and it is often quite expensive, but there are always options available.

Start with your insurance company, many have resources on their website dedicated to mental health care: helplines, support, screening tools, price estimates of care, etc..   

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has a hotline to help you find resources in your area, 1-800-950-6264.  If you are in school or college, school counselors typically have a web page listing dozens of services available in your area.  

Get support, start a post, write what is on your heart, that is what our site is for, no judgement.  

Additional resources for treatment, hotlines, addiction and more: https://www.supportgroups.com/pages/resources

  • Seek help for addictions that have been used to mask or self treat:

www.addictions.com or call 1-800-719-1785

www.alcoholicsanonymous.com or call 1-800-839-1686

www.findtreatment.gov 

  • Give yourself permission to take a personal holiday or mental health day

Stay in your pajamas, schedule a much needed therapy session, visit Target, do a deep conditioning treatment, sleep, spend the day with someone you love, watch your favorite movie, read your favorite book, order the sushi, eat the cake, be decadent.  

Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light. -Albus Dumbledore

Don’t buy into the idea that showing only the good things in your life is what the people in your life want to see.  You don’t have to wear a shirt with “I have a Mental Illness” across your chest (unless you want to), but sharing with people that you went to therapy, or that you take medication is what it will take to destroy the stigma.  

Talk to your children about their mental health, explain to them that mental illness, medication and therapy are nothing to ever be ashamed about, ever.  Be part of the revolution that shines a light on struggles, as well as victories.  

Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. -Fred Rogers

Thank you to each and everyone of you for allowing us to be a part of your journey.  Be bold, be brave and when you need support, know we are here.

What I love about therapy is that they’ll tell you what your blind spots are. Although that’s uncomfortable and painful, it gives you something to work with. -Pink

All the very best,

-Team SG

 

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