May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Did you know that 50% of mental illness starts by age 14, and 75% by age 24? One in five adults experience a mental illness. Nearly 1 in 25 adults live with a serious mental illness. About 10 million adults have mental health and addiction issues.

Common signs of mental health issues:

  • Feeling sad or withdrawn for more than 2 weeks.
  • Significant weight loss or gain.
  • Heavy alcohol or drug use.
  • Changes in mood, behavior, personality, or sleep.
  • Difficulty concentrating or staying still.
  • Unable to do daily activities due to worry or fear.
  • Out-of-control behavior that causes harm to self or others.
  • Harming one’s self or making plans to end one’s life.

On one hand, we have the conventional medical approach to mental illness. There is also the holistic psychiatry and nutritional psychiatry approach to treating mental disorders. You might not be aware of these more integrative approaches to mental health:

  • Self-care is important. It may be more important now with physical distancing and other disruptions during the pandemic.
  • Routine is important. Sleep is better with a daily routine.
  • Stay connected to friends and family. Phone calls, email, social media or writing letters works.
  • Talk about your feelings to someone you trust.
  • Limiting social media and news is important. Watching news may be best done in the morning so you can be prepared for sleep.
  • Be kind and compassionate to others and especially yourself.

You’ll find more information about mental health at:

Getting help is the most important step. There are different approaches. Do some research and decide which approach may be best for you.

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