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Mental Health Awareness Month – May 2022

Mental Health Awareness Month – May 2022

If you need help, don’t be afraid to speak up. Mental Health Month is the perfect opportunity to start talking about it.

Speaking up and reaching out for help can seem intimidating, but don’t be afraid to reach out—it’s an important first step. This month, take the time to talk about mental health, share helpful resources with others, and make connections. You’re not alone in this—there are ways to get help and support.

If you or someone you know needs help, it’s important to talk about your mental health. You can reach out to friends, family members or a professional for support. Starting the conversation is also a great way to show that you care about your own well-being as well as the well-being of others.

Find a therapist:

It may seem daunting at first, but finding the right therapist doesn’t have to be hard! Let's walk through some steps for getting started on finding a therapist who is best suited for you:

  • Do some research online: This will give you an idea of what types of therapists are out there and what types of therapy they specialize in (such as art therapy). Many therapists also have their own websites where they list out their qualifications and specialties as well as their contact information. If you're still unsure how exactly therapy works, websites like Psychology Today offer easy-to-read articles that explain different methods of therapy in more detail.

  • Think about what would make you feel most comfortable: Some people prefer group therapy sessions where they can be around other people going through similar experiences while others prefer one-on-one sessions with a trained professional who can guide them through specific exercises designed to address their needs (such as setting goals or practicing mindfulness techniques). There are many different options when looking into finding a therapist so make sure it's one that works best for YOU!

  • Ask your friends/family members if they have recommendations on any good therapists near by - sometimes word-of-mouth referrals are better than trying something new without knowing much about it beforehand

Mental health can be broken down into four aspects – biological, psychological, social and emotional. These aspects combine to form our mental health state. We all experience these states differently, depending on our circumstances and backgrounds.

  • Biological factors – these include genetics, brain chemistry and hormonal imbalance

  • Psychological factors – for example stress, trauma or abuse

  • Social factors – such as poverty or discrimination

  • Emotional factors – including loneliness or boredom

Your mental well-being needs constant care and nurturing for it to thrive just like a flower in your garden does. You also need to take care of yourself in every possible way so that you can always be at your best and take on the day with positivity flowing through you. A tiny step in the right direction could end up becoming a major milestone in your life overall!

There are four aspects of mental health:

  • Psychological

  • Emotional

  • Social

  • Spiritual

And there are several ways that you can nurture this precious aspect of your life:

  • Start having more conversations about mental health, even if they make you uncomfortable. It's okay to feel awkward, but this is how we will break down the stigma around talking about mental health issues. Everyone has it; everyone uses language differently to describe what they're going through, but try not to let semantics get in the way of meaningful conversation. If someone tells you they're feeling depressed, or anxious, or whatever their experience may be, try listening first before interjecting with an anecdote or advice. And if it's appropriate in your relationship with them (a close friend who isn't likely personally struggling), ask follow-up questions to show that you really care and want to understand where they're coming from better! The more people start being open about their own experiences, the more comfortable others will feel discussing theirs as well—and eventually society will no longer perceive mental illness as something "abnormal" that only happens to "other people," but instead something that's a normal part of life for many different kinds of people from all walks of life—including yours. We all deserve compassion when dealing with difficult circumstances."

Just like physical pain is something we can see and feel, mental pain is also real and must be dealt with swiftly. Waiting too long to seek treatment can lead to complications as time passes. Consulting an expert helps in looking at things clearly and with fresh eyes. They can provide you with ways to cope better and adopt healthier strategies in life, which will benefit you immensely in the long run.

You’re not alone.

When you’re undergoing a health issue, whether it is physical or mental, you generally seek immediate medical help. In fact, without treatment, these conditions might worsen over time. But with the right care and treatment, they can be effectively managed to give your life a fresh start. Getting better is possible and there are many success stories to prove that point. Mental illness is not something you can handle on your own—it takes time and professional assistance to reach a positive outcome. So don’t be afraid to reach out for support.

Mental health issues come in all shapes and sizes—from depression and anxiety disorders to eating disorders and schizophrenia, but they are all treatable with proper intervention by experts who study human behavior in depth and understand the causes behind them clearly.

The darkness that has been plaguing you must be fought off and overcome, by seeking treatment at the earliest opportunity. Any form of discomfort or unease should not be taken lightly or ignored – even if it means putting your health first over other things that might seem super important but are less so compared to your mental well-being!

Gupta Psychiatry

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