May is Mental Health Month!

Monday, May 1

MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH MONTH

 

Mental Health America of Vigo County, Inc. would like to show its support for National Mental Health America and 2017’s Mental Health Month by talking about “Risky Business.”

It is important to educate yourself in order to fully understand what mental health entails. Mental Health America’s message of Risky Business addresses just a small portion of the world of mental health. Here are some key messages on understanding this topic and some tips to recognize “Risky Business.”

  • Mental Health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.
  • People experience symptoms of mental illnesses differently – and some engage in potentially dangerous or risky behaviors to avoid or cover up symptoms of a potential mental health problem.
  • Sometimes people – especially young people – struggling with mental health concerns develop habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illnesses, or that could be signs of mental health problems themselves.
  • Activities like compulsive sex, recreational drug use, obsessive internet use, excessive spending, or disordered exercise patterns can all be behaviors that can disrupt someone’s mental health and potentially lead them down a path towards crisis.
  • It is important to understand early symptoms of mental illness and know when certain behaviors are potentially signs of something more.
  • We need to speak up early and educate people about risky behavior and its connection to mental illness – and do so in a compassionate, judgment-free way.
  • When we engage in prevention and early identification, we can help reduce the burden of mental illness by identifying symptoms and warning signs early – and provide effective treatment Before Stage 4.

 

(Information provided by the national Mental Health America)