Being healthy is about more than avoiding colds and eating vegetables. Along with physical health, mental health plays a key role in your overall well-being. Mental health is your emotional, social, and psychological health—it affects how you connect with others, what choices you make, how you handle stress, and how you feel.
Just as the body can become sick, the mind can as well, resulting in mental illness. Almost one in five adults in the United States suffers from a mental illness. Mental illness is a serious problem; it can result in lost earnings, physical illness, hospitalization, and even death. While genetics, trauma, and other circumstances play a major role in causing mental illness, the good news is that it is treatable and that it’s possible to take steps to safeguard your mental health.
Awareness of mental health—what it is, how to safeguard it, and acknowledgment and prevention of mental illnesses—can help prevent mental illness and support the timely treatment of it. In fact, there’s a month dedicated to raising awareness: May is Mental Health Awareness Month.
What Is Mental Health Awareness?
The month of May—Mental Health Awareness Month—is dedicated to raising awareness of mental health. What is mental health awareness? Even though so many people suffer from a mental illness, many may not seek treatment because they don’t recognize the pain they are experiencing has a name and treatment options. They may resort to poor coping techniques such as substance abuse or self-harm.
Even when people do seek help for mental health, those around them may not be as supportive as they should be, because they do not understand its importance.
Mental Health Awareness Month was established in 1949 to increase the awareness of the importance of mental health in our lives. Its goal is to:
- Fight the stigma around mental illness
- Advocate for policies that support people with mental illness
- Educate the public about mental health
- Encourage people to protect their mental health and seek treatment when needed
- Tell people who live with mental illness that they are not alone
- Celebrate those who have or currently live with mental illness
Types of Mental Health Disorders
Mental illnesses are serious health conditions that impact the well-being and day-to-day lives of millions of people and their families in many different ways. “Mental illness” is a blanket term that describes several conditions. The most common types of mental health disorders include:
- Anxiety Disorders
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Eating Disorders
- Personality Disorders
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
- Substance Abuse Disorders
Mental Health Treatment
Mental illness can have very serious consequences, and that’s why mental health awareness is so important. The biggest reason to increase awareness of this topic is to let people know that mental illness can be treated. If you or a loved one is suffering from depression, eating disorders, PTSD, or any other type of mental health disorder, there is help and the hope of recovery. Treatment can include:
- Group Therapy
- Art Therapy
- Meditation and Mindfulness
- Residential Treatment
- Music Therapy
- Equine Therapy
There are so many options out there to treat the symptoms and root causes of a person’s mental health disorder. Summit Malibu provides a variety of treatment options to promote healing and recovery.
There’s no reason for you or your loved one to keep suffering. Contact us today to start the path to recovery.