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Mental Health Awarenes Month

 

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The National Alliance on Mental Illness  (NAMI) reports that 1 in 5 people suffers from a mental condition. I suspect the number is higher if we factor in how many people go through life suffering but never seeking help. 

Now is a good time to have that talk with your loved one or best friend, who you think has depression, an eating disorder, stress, or other mental health issues. Tell them of your concerns, encourage them to seek professional help, and even offer to accompany them on their first appointment. Fear of the unknown, denial, unsure of how to go about it, and other reasons are why people often hesitate to seek professional help. Occasionally, a patient will tell me they were afraid they would end up hospitalized if they told a professional how they were feeling. The only time we hospitalize anyone is when they are a danger to themselves, others, or gravely impaired. My goal is to keep you out of the hospital. 

 

NAMI has some great information on their website on what the warning signs are of a mental condition that will benefit from professional help.

https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Know-the-Warning-Signs

 

I strongly encourage you to seek professional help for whatever is stressing you, holding you back, or causing you emotional/psychological distress. It might not be as bad as you think--a few sessions with a trained professional can put you back on track, resolve issues, ease your mind, and free you of long standing internal (or external with others) conflict.

 

Please feel free to give me a call or send me an email to discuss how I may be of assistance to you. Mental Health Awareness Month is a great time to get started.

 

 

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