MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH MONTH

Risky Business May Signal Mental Health Problems
By Gary Schreiner, PhD

May is Mental Health Month, which was started 68 years ago by Mental Health America, to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone. Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. People experience symptoms of mental illnesses differently, however, and some engage in potentially dangerous or risky behaviors to avoid or cover up symptoms of a potential mental health problem. The first step for improved mental health is to be aware of any issue you may have and to realize, YOU are not the only one. You may not have a significant “illness”, but rather have other problems coping, handling stress or dealing with relationship issues with family members. MFHC’s Behavioral Health providers are very well educated to help our patients begin to ameliorate symptoms of most common mental health issues as well as many types of relationship issues. For our employees, we have an excellent Employee Assistance Program (EAP) where one can pick the therapist that they would like to see with a specific specialty for what concerns them. If one has a question about any behavioral health issue, please feel free to consult with our behavioral health providers and they can guide you in the right direction for more services. As a family does, our Mountain Family family is here to help anyone who is experiencing a tough time. And, as a family, we look out for each other. So if you see a fellow employee struggling with something, ask them how they are doing and support them in their efforts to seek professional treatment. Let May be a starting point for being more aware of mental health issues with our patients and our “family” and continue the awareness throughout the year.
MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH MONTH was last modified: May 2nd, 2017 by Lindsey Lewis
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