No matter what stage of life, from childhood to adulthood, mental health is important. Mental health includes your emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how you think, feel and act. It also determines our ability to handle stress, relate to others and make choices. Factors such as biological, life experiences and family history contribute to your mental health. Half of all mental disorders begin by age 14 and three-quarters by age 24. Nearly, half of the adults (46.4 percent) will experience a mental illness during their lifetime. Of those people, only 41 percent receive professional help.
Whether you or a loved one are experiencing issues, it is important to raise awareness about mental health. There are many ways to provide support and it starts by knowing the early warning signs so that treatment can be provided if needed.
Early Warning Signs of Mental Health Problems
- Eating or sleeping too much or too little
- Pulling away from people and usual activities
- Having low or no energy
- Feeling numb or like nothing matters
- Having unexplained aches and pains
- Feeling helpless or hopeless
- Increasing alcohol and drug use
- Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
- Experiencing severe mood swings that are creating issues within relationships
- Having persistent thoughts and memories you can’t get out of your head
- Hearing voices or believing things that are not true
- Thinking of harming yourself or others
- Inability to perform daily tasks such as taking care of your kids or getting to work
How to Get Help for Mental Health Issues?
If you are concerned that yourself or a loved one is experiencing mental health issues, please seek help immediately. There are many resources including some at no charge. Talk to your primary care doctor or another health professional about mental health issues. If you do not have a health professional to assist, use the following resources to find help.
Emergency Medical Services: 911
If the situation is potentially life-threatening, seek immediate emergency assistance by calling 911.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or Live Online Chat
If you or someone you know is suicidal or in emotional distress, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or logging onto the live online chat here. Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
How Can I Bring Awareness to Mental Health Issues?
Mental health is a major issue in our society. We all play a part in raising awareness about this issue along with developing support for those in need. Take action by trying one of the following ideas:
Educate Yourself and Others about Mental Health
Being knowledgeable about this topic will help you become a better support system for those who may be facing mental health issues. Familiarize yourself with the warning signs and mental health resources that provide help. Encourage a friend, co-worker spouse, etc. to seek help from these resources if you notice the warning signs are present.
Initiate a Discussion About Mental Health with Your Peers
It is especially important to start the discussion early with children. Check on those around you and let them know that you support them. Use words that are non-judgmental and encouraging. Always provide your undivided attention free from distractions to show that you are truly interested and care about their thoughts.
Share Your Story
Sharing your story will remind others that they are not alone in this fight against mental illness. You never know who may be inspired by your story to take steps to seek help.
Seek out events in your area such as a panel discussion where you can engage in mental health awareness conversations. There are so many organizations that have mental health initiatives. Make some time in your schedule to volunteer or donate to show your support.
Raising mental health awareness is imperative. Learn about the warning signs and options to get help. Share your story, get involved with local organizations and provide non-judgmental support to loved ones.
Grand Parkway Emergency Center is here to help if you or someone you love is suffering from a mental illness. Our facility is open 24/7 with concierge-level emergency care for all ages.
Nutex Health, Inc. supports you and your family’s health. Come visit Grand Parkway Emergency Center, A Department of OakBend Medical Center or any one of our concierge-level freestanding facilities for the emergency care you deserve, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.