May Is Mental Health Month May 7, 2012Posted by Crazy Mermaid in Uncategorized.
May has been designated as Mental Health Month for over fifty years. It is a time to reflect on our own mental well-being as well as raise awareness for the mentally ill in our community. Learning about some of the most commonly diagnosed mental health conditions is a great way to increase understanding and decrease the stigma of mental illness.
In the United States, it is estimated that 1 in 4 adults have a diagnosable, treatable mental health condition at some point in their lives. Mental health disorders are also the leading cause of disability in the United States today. Many experts feel that the United States is facing a mental health crisis due to the increase stressors in our culture. Screening and treatment for mental health conditions should be a vital part of health prevention.
Many people never receive the treatment they need due to stigma, cost, or lack of health insurance. People may also not be aware of where they can go for treatment or mental health education. Fortunately, through the Affordable Healthcare Act, there are more resources and programs becoming available to people of all socioeconomic backgrounds.
A great place to start is with a primary care physician who will give you a depression screen and discuss any symptoms or concerns you have with your mental health. Through many clinics in Minneapolis, health care professionals can refer you to a helpful program or psychiatrist who can better help you manage your condition.
Mental Health America: www.nmha.org
(Reprinted from http://www.examiner.com/article/may-is-mental-health-month-7 Andrea Wodel)