A topic that used to be taboo and so misunderstood by most has now become more accepted within communities around the world. Researchers estimate that 26 percent of Americans that are 18 years or older and a large number of children under that age experience mental or behavioral health issues. Making more people aware and creating an understanding surrounding mental health issues can help people who are struggling get the help they need. Many will observe Mental Health Awareness Month in May, taking the opportunity to discuss and bring awareness to people living with mental health issues and break the stigma.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
What Causes Mental Health Issues
There can either be one traumatic or a combination of complicated reasons why people struggle with their mental health. Mental health conditions can develop from childhood trauma and neglect. People experiencing discrimination or who are at a social disadvantage such as being in poverty or debt might also struggle with their mental health.
Another factor that can cause people to struggle with their mental health is the loss of a loved one. However, one of the most dangerous reasons people struggle with mental health issues is substance use disorders. In fact, the abuse of alcohol and drugs can create a vicious cycle that individuals can fall victim to.
People may also struggle with mental health issues when they are isolated from society, family, and friends. This is a big reason why raising awareness is such a big deal. Raising awareness about mental health can increase the chances individuals will reach out and ask for help.
There are many reasons why people struggle with mental health issues. For some people, depression, anxiety, and the inability to handle stress can cause mental health problems. There is always a cause whether it is obvious or on a subconscious level based on the individuals’ experiences.
The Effects of Mental Health Issues
It doesn’t matter what your gender is, where you are from, or what religious beliefs you follow; anyone can struggle with mental health. Mental health struggles are not something that should be ignored.
If untreated, mental health issues cause people to harm themselves, even to the extent of suicide. Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control
STOP: If you or someone you know needs help today, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255
Anxiety and depression can develop and grow within individuals over time. No one deserves to struggle with their mental health. It is important to know that there are many other people who are also struggling, and you are not alone. There is hope!
Do Your Part to Help
Spread the Word
During the month of May, you can do your part to make a difference. Whether it is big or small, any help can go a long way for those living with a mental illness. There are mental health drives in the digital space which you can follow and promote to show your support, even if it just means spreading awareness.
By spreading awareness, you are giving individuals a voice as well as the opportunity to realize that there are others out there that understand and are willing to help.
You can also contribute to charities that aim to help those who cannot afford to get the professional mental health care they need. Any donation will go a long way, and if you are able to help even just one person, you have done so much already. By giving a chance to individuals who feel stuck and in desperate need of help, you can contribute to them living a happier and healthier life.
- The Kim Foundation is an Omaha non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness around mental health and suicide prevention.
Another great way to help those in need of mental health support is by reaching out to your community and asking the question “How can I help?” Since the beginning of time, humans have survived with the love and help of communities that create a tribe. By creating loving and supporting communities, you are creating a safer space for those who need help. This will also make people feel comfortable in asking for help.
You don’t need to be a professional to help others in need with their mental state. Sometimes all it takes to help is to be someone who is there to listen. Offer other perspectives for them to look at to further feel and understand what they need to do to achieve a healthy mental state.
SAGE Counseling Omaha
At SAGE Counseling Omaha, our primary focus is on helping you to get the support and treatment that you need as you move forward. We all experience challenges that are often too difficult to work through on our own, and we are here to support you during these tough times.
When you connect with our compassionate counseling team, you can rest assured that you will receive the individualized care that you need. Contact us today. For approved clients, we are able to utilize telehealth services through our HIPAA-compliant virtual software.