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According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. will suffer from a mental health crisis this year.

That’s a total of 43.8 million people.

Despite how common mental health conditions are, many people neglect to find the proper treatment. During Mental Health Awareness Month, CareWell Health Medical Center is helping to break down the stigma surrounding mental illness and wants to encourage our community members that our behavioral health department is here if they ever need help. Keep reading to find out more about the importance of mental health.

What is Mental Health Awareness Month and why is it important?

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The goal is to increase public awareness of mental health issues and provide education to further support those who struggle with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other conditions. Mental Health America reports that only half of adults with a mental illness receive treatment. Shining a spotlight on this ongoing crisis spreads hope and inspires others to seek help and find their path to wellness.

Signs and symptoms of mental illness

Mental illness is a condition that affects a person’s thoughts, emotions, and behavior. It can cause feelings of distress and can make it difficult for a person to function in their everyday lives. Mental illness is common, and there are many different types. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of mental illness include:

  • Feeling sad or depressed most of the time
  • Losing interest in activities that you used to enjoy
  • Having trouble concentrating or making decisions
  • Eating too much or too little
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Feeling exhausted all the time
  • Feeling anxious or worried most of the time
  • Experiencing flashbacks or intrusive memories
  • Hearing voices or seeing things that are not there
  • Self-harming or thoughts of suicide

If you are experiencing any of these signs and symptoms, it is important to seek help from a mental health professional. They will assess your situation and provide you with the support and treatment you need.

How to get help for yourself or someone you know

If you or someone you know is experiencing mental health issues, it is vital to seek treatment as soon as possible. Mental health problems can be difficult to cope with, and professional help can make a big difference. If you’re living around Essex County, NJ, CareWell Health Medical Center provides a wide range of comprehensive behavioral health services, including individualized recovery planning, psychosocial Assessments, outpatient counseling (i.e., Individual, Group, and Family), Wellness Assessments, and more. Contact us to learn more.

Seeking treatment for mental health problems is essential in recovering and feeling better. With the right help, you can manage your mental health and live a full and happy life.

Ways to support those with mental illness

Mental illness impacts millions of people worldwide. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution if someone you know is suffering, here’s how you can offer support through this challenging time:

  1. It’s essential to be patient and understand that recovery takes time.
  2. Offer practical help where you can, whether running errands or simply lending a listening ear.
  3. Make sure to stay positive and avoid judgment; people with mental illness often face enough stigma.

Finally, educate yourself on mental health resources in your community to point your loved ones in the right direction if they need professional help. Showing support to those with mental illness can make all the difference in their journey to recovery.

CareWell Health Is Here For You, 24/7.

CareWell Health is a community hospital providing health care services to residents in Essex County and surrounding areas. Our compassionate behavioral health team includes psychiatrists, advanced practice psychiatric nurses, licensed psychotherapists, registered nurses, and clinical case managers, here to support our patients and assess the best course of treatment. Schedule your appointment today or contact us to hear more about our services.