Mental health is wealth, especially during Mental Health Awareness Month, which is celebrated in May. The stigma around mental health and treatment has long existed, even though this has started to change. Still, people hesitate to seek help or even talk about it with their loved ones for fear of being judged and facing unnecessary backlash. Simple logic dictates that if we are hurt anywhere, we must seek treatment to get better. This applies to both our mental- and physical well-being. While Mental Health Awareness Month is celebrated in the U.S., a more universal day is also celebrated by the WHO on October 10, and it is known as World Mental Health Day.
What To Do When You Need Help
When living with a mental health condition or facing a mental health concern, it’s common to feel like no one understands what you’re going through. But many people overcome the mental health challenges they face. You aren’t alone – help is out there, and recovery is possible.
IF YOU ARE IN CRISIS: Text “MHA” to 741741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a trained crisis counselor 24/7, 365 days a year. Spanish speakers: 1-888-628-9454. Deaf & hard of hearing: TTY users, use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 1-800-273-8255
- Use our interactive help-finding tool
- Need to talk to someone? Learn about warmlines
- Time To Talk: Tips for Talking About Your Mental Health
- How to Talk to Your Parents About Mental Health
- Preparing to Share: Talking About Hard Topics
- Self-Help Tools
- Types of Mental Health Professionals
- Choosing a Provider
- Questions to Help QTBIPOC Find Affirming Mental Health Providers
- Working with a Provider
- Finding Therapy
- Find an MHA Affiliate
- Finding Support Groups
- Finding In-Patient Care
- Finding Other Local Services
- Paying for Care
- Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Mental Health
My Mental Health
I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder when I was 19 years old but didn’t take it seriously until my father committed suicide in 1992. After a few doctors who gave me way too much medication to work, I found my current doctor.
He’s a Psychopharmacologist and I’m so lucky to have found him. A Psychopharmacologist goes thru additional training on top of being a Psychiatrist. One of the most important reasons to see one is if they understand the brain better and which medicine will interact with the part of the brain affected. It takes a lot of the guesswork out of what type of medication you need for your specif symptoms.
If I could make one parting suggestion it would be to include a loved one in all of your appointments with your doctor. I wanted to make sure my husband understood what I was going thru and felt it was best to hear it from the doctor’s mouth. It’s been a lifesaver.
Here are a few posts I’ve written on the subject, you can find many more on my site.