Your Mental Health Matters Here’s How to Get Help

You know my go-to site is National Today ๐Ÿ’– here’s what they say about Mental Health Awareness Month ๐Ÿง 

Mental health is wealth ๐Ÿค‘ especially during Mental Health Awareness Month ๐Ÿค’ which is celebrated in May ๐Ÿ“… The stigma around mental health & treatment has long existed โŒ›๏ธ even though this has started to change ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ

Still, people hesitate to seek help ๐Ÿ•ต๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ or even talk about it with their loved ones ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿพโ€โค๏ธโ€๐Ÿ’‹โ€๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿพ for fear of being judged ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€โš–๏ธ & facing unnecessary backlash ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ Simple logic dictates ๐Ÿ“ that if we are hurt anywhere ๐Ÿ†˜ we must seek treatment to get better ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€โš•๏ธ This applies to both our mental โž• physical well-being ๐Ÿ’ฏ While Mental Health Awareness Month is celebrated๐Ÿช… in the U.S. ๐Ÿ—ฝ a more universal day is also celebrated ๐ŸŽˆ by the WHO ๐Ÿฅ on October 10, and it is known as World Mental Health Dayโฃ๏ธ

Mental Health Awareness Month FAQs๐Ÿค”

What are some mental health helpline numbers?๐Ÿ“ฒ

You can call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text ๐Ÿ“ฒ โ€˜MHAโ€™ to 741741๐Ÿ’ You can also visit the following websites ๐Ÿ’ป for more information: 

  1. Mental Health America: https://mhanational.org/get-involved/contact-us
  2. Suicide Crisis Lines: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_suicide_crisis_lines
  3. Suicide Prevention Lines: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/talk-to-someone-now/ 

What are the 4๏ธโƒฃ types of mental illnessโ“ 

According to MedlinePlus ๐Ÿฅ some types of mental disorders are:

  • โ€œAnxiety disorders, including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and phobias.
  • Depression, bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders.
  • Eating disorders.
  • Personality disorders.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia.โ€

The Color of Mental Health Awareness Month?๐ŸŒˆ

Mental health awareness is represented by a green ribbon๐Ÿ’š

How to Observe Mental Health Awareness Month ๐Ÿงฐ

  1. Take care of yourself ๐Ÿ›€
    Life has numerous ups & downs โฌ†๏ธโฌ‡๏ธ Some are solvable but others not so much ๐Ÿšซ When your mental health acts up, seek the right treatment ๐Ÿ’†๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ & make yourself better ๐Ÿ˜ because, after all, life has much more to offer than just pain & suffering ๐Ÿฅต
  2. Take care of your loved ones ๐Ÿ’—
    Check up on your friends & family ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€๏ธ Many times, all people need is a shoulder to cry on ๐Ÿ˜ฅ and/or an ear to listen๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿฝ Support & encourage ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ them if they are being treated for any mental problems ๐Ÿ›Œ
  3. Talk about mental health ๐Ÿ—ฃ
    One of the best ways ๐Ÿฅ‡ to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month is by talking about it with your peers ๐Ÿซ‚ The more you talk about it ๐Ÿ’ฌ the more normalized it will become ๐Ÿ”‘ This is one of the aims of the month ๐ŸŽ‰ as the stigma attached to mental health๐Ÿง๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ has led to countless delays in treatment ๐Ÿ’” AND research on the matter ๐Ÿ”

5๏ธโƒฃ Facts About Anxiety Disorder That Will Blow Your Mind๐Ÿคฏ

  1. Anxiety most common๐Ÿ˜ง
    In the U.S., anxiety disorder is the most common form of mental illness๐Ÿ˜ฎ
  2. Very few people seek treatment๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ
    Anxiety disorder is treatable in many cases but only about 3๏ธโƒฃ6๏ธโƒฃ% of people opt to get help๐Ÿ˜ฎ
  3. Multiple factors cause anxiety๐Ÿงฉ
    From brain activities ๐Ÿง  to genetics to life events ๐Ÿงฌ a host of factors can lead to a person developing an anxiety disorder๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ
  4. Anxiety from a young age ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿฝ
    The National Institute of Mental Health states that 8๏ธโƒฃ% of American teenagers๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿฝalready have an anxiety disorder๐Ÿ˜ณ
  5. Exercise to fight anxiety๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ
    Many studies ๐Ÿ•ต๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ have proven that a little boost of energy from exercise ๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ can help lessen the effects of anxiety disorder๐Ÿช„

Why to Love Mental Health Awareness Month๐Ÿ’—

  1. It’s a celebration of mental health ๐ŸŽŠ
    The only way to enjoy life to the fullest & experience all its wonders is if we take care of ourselves, mentally and physically. Donโ€™t shy away from talking about whatโ€™s plaguing you because it might not be your fault, no matter how much society tells you otherwise.
  2. It’s a celebration of changing attitudes ๐Ÿ˜
    We have come a long way from the times when mental patients were treated as outcasts, not only by their loved ones but also by medical professionals. Times have started changing and more and more people are changing their outlook on mental illnesses. However, we still have a long way to go.
  3. It’s a celebration of humans ๐Ÿค—
    We humans are a set of meticulously-put-together details. Our minds (and bodies) work in harmony to bring us amazing feats in technology, science, humanities, literature, etc. Our mental power, therefore, needs to be taken care of for a better tomorrow for the coming generations.

National Mental Health Awareness Week โ€“ May 10-16

Here’s what National Today ๐Ÿ’– says about Mental Health Awareness Week

National Mental Health Awareness Week is organized between May 10 & May 16 ๐Ÿ“… Mental health is still a taboo โ˜ข๏ธ topic in many countries & communities ๐Ÿ›– People who are mentally ill are not necessarily crazy ๐Ÿ™ƒ which is a general misconception ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ At least 1๏ธโƒฃ in 4๏ธโƒฃ people is in dire need of mental health checkups around the world ๐ŸŒ

National Mental Health Awareness Week FAQs ๐Ÿค”

What is the purpose of Mental Health Awareness Week?๐Ÿ˜

Approximately one in four people ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ in the world suffer from mental health problems each year ๐Ÿ˜ซ Mental Health Awareness Week aims ๐ŸŽฏ to get people talking about their mental health โž• reduce the stigma that stops ๐Ÿ›‘ people from asking for help ๐Ÿ†˜

What is the most difficult mental illness to treatโ“

Borderline personality disorder has historically been viewed as the most difficult to treat ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€โš•๏ธ among all mental health problems ๐Ÿ™„

How to Observe Mental Health Awareness Week๐Ÿฅธ

  1. Reach out to friends and relatives๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿฝ
    In National Mental Health Awareness Week ๐Ÿ“… you can start by talking to your friends & relatives ๐Ÿซ‚ You donโ€™t have to openly talk ๐Ÿ—ฃ about mental illness, but you can just slide it in the conversation ๐Ÿ’ฌ and listen ๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿฝ to their responses. You can understand whether or not they need mental health support ๐Ÿคฒ๐Ÿฝ If you feel so, then guide them on how to get professional help.
  2. Read about mental health๐Ÿ“–
    Mental health is a really tricky subject ๐Ÿงฉ and therefore itโ€™s very important to learn more about it ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿ’ปbefore advising your friends & relatives on it. Try to read as many books ๐Ÿ“š on the subject this National Mental Health Awareness Week so that you have a better understanding ๐Ÿ’ก of mental illness before you talk about it to others ๐Ÿ“ฃ
  3. Visit your therapist๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿฝโ€โš•๏ธ
    You can take time off work โฐ during National Mental Health Awareness Week & visit your therapistโฃ๏ธ Your therapist can assess your situation ๐Ÿค” and let you know whether you personally need any help or not ๐Ÿ˜‰ Also, they can give you professional & sound advice ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ which will help ๐Ÿ†˜ you when youโ€™re talking to or advising ๐Ÿค your friends and relatives about mental healthโ—๏ธ

5๏ธโƒฃ Causes of Mental Illness

  1. Family lineage๐Ÿงฌ
    Your genes and family history have an important role to play in your mental stability.
  2. Life experiences๐ŸŽˆ
    Experiences such as stress or a history of abuse, especially if it happened in childhood, can have a negative impact on your mental health.
  3. Biological factors๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ง
    Chemical imbalances in the brain can cause a lot of mental tension leading to trauma & illness.
  4. Pre-birth exposure๐Ÿคฐ๐Ÿฝ
    A mother’s exposure to viruses or toxic chemicals, while she is pregnant, can also affect the mental health of her baby.
  5. Isolation and loneliness๐Ÿ™‡๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ
    If you donโ€™t have a lot of friends & prefer staying isolated and feel lonely all the time, youโ€™re more likely to slip into depression, which can lead to further mental illness.

Why National Mental Awareness Week is Important๐Ÿ†’

  1. Mental health is not a joke๐Ÿ˜Ÿ
    Mental health is serious๐Ÿ™Ž๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ The social stigma attached to mental illness can cause someone to remain ill ๐Ÿคง for a prolonged period, which can lead to more serious conditions๐Ÿค• This week helps people begin an open dialogue ๐Ÿ˜Š and break the stigma.
  2. Mental health needs immediate attention๐Ÿš‘
    Mental health is something that needs immediate attention๐Ÿšจ It can get serious very fast, especially when people are affected deeply by a specific incident in their lives ๐ŸŽญ It could push someone over the edge towards suicide๐Ÿ˜ฒ This awareness week helps people understand that itโ€™s ๐Ÿ†— to talk about mental health โž• thereโ€™s no shame in asking for help๐ŸŽ‰
  3. No strict definition of mental health๐Ÿ“‹
    A very insignificant thing for one person ๐Ÿค๐Ÿฝ can be a very aggravating thing for another๐Ÿคฌ Mental health differs from person ๐Ÿ‘ฝ to person ๐Ÿค– and there is no concrete way of defining it ๐Ÿ˜• Thus, mental health awareness week ๐Ÿ’†๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ is necessary to help people become aware ๐Ÿ”ฆ of their mental suffering ๐Ÿ˜ต and make others around them aware ๐Ÿ’ก of it too so that they can get help๐Ÿฅ

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A Proclamation on National Mental Health Awareness Month, 2022

APRIL 29, 2022โ€ขPRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS

Each May we raise awareness about the importance of mental health and its impact on the well-being of all Americans, including children, adults, families, and communities across our Nation.  We also give thanks to the dedicated mental health providers whose service and support improve the lives of so many Americans.  We stand in solidarity with those who are experiencing mental health conditions, renewing our commitment to providing them with the support they need and deserve. 

Even before the pandemic, millions of Americans were experiencing stress, trauma, anxiety, and heightened levels of depression.  The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated those conditions, creating an unprecedented mental health crisis across our country. Communities of color, frontline workers, health care workers, and individuals with eating disorders have been disproportionately impacted, and the rate of depression across the country has more than tripled compared to rates in 2019.

Mental health challenges among our youth have also been particularly acute due to disruptions in routines, increased social isolation, and learning loss.  Research has shown that social media plays a central role in increasing mental health challenges among young people โ€” especially young women.  Emergency department visits for attempted suicide among girls in 2021 increased by more than 50 percent compared to 2020.  American Indians, Alaska Natives, Black youth, and LGBTQI+ youth also face a disproportionate risk of suicide.

Despite these disturbing trends, less than half of Americans struggling with mental illness receive the treatment they need โ€” even fewer within Black and Brown communities. A variety of factors contribute to this problem. For example, too many communities lack sufficient numbers of mental health providers.  Even where there are enough mental health providers, our fragmentated system makes it difficult for people to access them.  Tragically, too, many Americans feel ashamed to reach out for help, or are stigmatized for seeking care.

My Administration is committed to transforming mental health care for all Americans. The American Rescue Plan laid the groundwork for this effort, investing nearly $5.5 billion nationwide to strengthen mental health and substance use care. It also invested billions of dollars in our Nationโ€™s schools, including mental health treatment for students and staff.

But far more needs to be done. That is why in this yearโ€™s State of the Union Address, I outlined my vision for bolder investments to address our national mental health crisis. My strategy includes actions that will broaden the pipeline of behavioral health professionals in areas of greatest need, integrate mental health and substance use treatment into primary care, and expand access through more virtual care options.

In addition, last year the Surgeon General released an Advisory on Protecting Youth Mental Health that underscored the growing harms of digital technologies โ€” especially social media โ€” on the mental health of our youth.  It is time to strengthen privacy protections, ban targeted advertising to children, and demand that technology companies stop collecting the personal data of our children.  We must also continue researching the impact of social media on the mental health of our children, expand services in school to promote their well-being, and set them up for success so they can thrive as adults.

As my Administration works to expand suicide prevention and strengthen crisis care infrastructure within our communities, those who need immediate assistance can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK โ€” which will transition to a simple three-digit number, 988, in July.
Each of us has an important role to play in supporting our fellow Americans who are living with mental health conditions.  Learn the warning signs of emotional distress and suicide.  Engage affected loved ones in supportive dialogue.  Fight the prejudice and negative attitudes that discourages those in need from seeking mental health support.  Above all, let us collectively ensure that all children and adults experiencing mental health challenges are treated with the compassion, respect, and understanding they deserve.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2022 as National Mental Health Awareness Month.  I call upon citizens, government agencies, private businesses, non-profit organizations, and other groups to join in activities and take action to strengthen the mental health of our communities and our Nation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-sixth.

JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.

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