May is National Mental Health Month. According to Mental Health America, the theme is “Mind your Health.” If you’re in the mental health field, it’s a quick reminder of one of the biggest problems you frequently deal with from patients and their social circles: misconceptions against people with mental illness.
Working hard for the independence and welfare of others is no easy profession. We’ve celebrated the advent of affordable mental healthcare, and making sure that every diagnosis, prescription and interaction with the patient is noted for the safety of your practice, but what can we do to make Mental Health Month more on the mind?
This month, focus extra energy to reminding everyone, not just in your practice, but your social circle why mental health is just as important as physical health. These will pave the way for standardized methods of treatment, less malpractice cases, and ultimately improving the treatments we use. Supportive groups like NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) provide events and charitable partnerships to help raise awareness. The National Homeless Walk raised money for homeless persons or those at risk of it—many with mental illness. Delaney Ruston made her own documentary about her father’s schizophrenia, and both of their struggles with mental health. You can watch a clip here.
The 2014 Mental Health Month initiative reminds you to Mind Your Health! You need to keep your BRAIN in shape – and there are 7 simple ways to do it that apply to everyone
- Staying social,
- Keeping a positive frame of mind,
- Keep your body in shape!
- Helping others,
- SLEEP! Get enough sleep. We can’t stress this enough.
- Eating healthy food,
- Getting professional help if you need it! Check your mental health like you would for any major diseases.
For mental health professionals, here are a few bonus tips: