October is Mental Health Awareness Month – Why Should I Care, I Feel Fine?
Updated: Feb 24, 2021
Mental Health Awareness Month is celebrated with the objective to educate us about mental disorders, disease, and illness and how they can impact someone’s life. Mental health awareness helps to break the stigma that stops people from asking for help.
Why should I care? Every year one adult in four, along with one child in ten, will have a mental health issue. These conditions can profoundly affect literally millions of lives, affecting the capability of these individuals to make it through the day, to sustain relationships, and to maintain work (source: awarenessdays.com). Our mental health and physical health are intertwined. They can’t be separated. If one’s mind is not healthy the impacts on the body are damaging, just as an unhealthy body will have negative impact on mental health. Mental illness is the root of several physical or bodily diseases. If you have a mental disease or condition, you are prone to develop physical problems as well. A common example is “Depression.” Prolonged depression leads to a deterioration in physical health by affecting your digestive system, hypertension (blood pressure), and heart problems.
We are in this thing called life together. There is too much going on in one person’s life to go it alone. Something will fall off the plate. Sometimes its minor; sometimes its catastrophic and life changing. Considering the prolonged pandemic the world is experiencing, many are suffering from depression, anxiety, and other issues. But I feel fine. You may be suffering from a form of mental disorder and are not aware of it. Take this survey/quiz from Psychology Today to see where you are, so you can stop advancement of any issues and get help (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/tests/health/mental-health-assessment).
I want to encourage people to come forward and talk about their mental health problems without any hesitation. Seeking spiritual guidance is a great addition for support for mental health. Reach out to your spiritual leader or Pastor for help. I invite you to join my QLife Bible Group (click on the "Bible" tab on this blog) as another form of support to you. Remember your mental health is linked to your bodily health so eat right and make sure you have proper vitamin and nutrient intake.
You may want to consider these options for vitamins and nutrients:
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Some resources for urgent issues: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255); National Helpline 1-800-662-HELP (4357); Crisis Text Line: text home to 741741. Let me know how you are feeling in the comments below.
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