Mental health has never been in the spotlight more than it is right now. Thanks to changing attitudes towards mental health and younger generations supporting change and being more open about their feelings, the positive focus on people sharing their experiences has allowed more of the population to seek support and get the help they need.
However, not everyone is able to access mental health services or knows how to go about this, especially young men. Young white men commit nearly 70% of suicides in the US, and globally, men are twice as likely to commit suicide than women.
Seeking support sooner rather than later is vital to buck this trend and get everyone the help they deserve. This post looks at some ways you can support your mental health.
Talk To Your Doctor
If you feel overwhelmed, one of the first ports of call is to talk to your doctor. They can then assess the best path forward for you, be it medication, therapy, or getting a diagnosis for a mental health condition.
You don’t always need to go through your doctor to access therapy services. You can research and find a therapist on your own to help you disclose your mental health and get the support you need. When looking for a good therapist, it is essential to know the professional you need; be it a therapist, psychiatrist, social worker, mental health counselor, or psychologist, and you feel comfortable with that person. There is no shame in trying different people until you find someone you can connect with. In fact, this will be encouraged to help you get the most from your sessions.
There are multiple mental health charities throughout the United States, and they are on hand to give you advice and support regarding anything to do with your mental health. From being someone on the end of the phone to talk to help you broach the topic with your employers or get help navigating the insurance industry to get your treatment paid and access the right services. These charities include;
- Mental Health America
- Active Minds
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
You can often access these charities online or over the phone, and they can help you get the proper support.
There are many rehab centers across the country that are set up for people to check in and receive intensive therapy and support for their mental health issues. However, you need to do your research to choose a suitable facility for you. Whether you need additional services, wellness, and recovery services or help with mental health conditions such as Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, depression, PTSD, or eating disorders.
This way, you can remove yourself from your lifestyle and routine and work through your issues before learning to live in the world again when you are mentally better.
Living with mental health concerns is no joke. Getting help and treatment can improve your overall quality of life and help you to live a happier, healthier lifestyle. Everyone should be honest about the level of support they need and feel confident in accessing care and mental health services via the different ways mentioned in this post and more.