Nearly 1 in 5 adults in the United States addresses a mental health issue each year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Despite the apparent prevalence of mental health issues, stigma and a variety of other obstacles continue to prevent thousands of people from receiving the mental health care they need. That is why GoodTherapy continues to recognize and participate in the Mental Health Awareness Month, which has been presented annually in May since 1949.
Mental Health Awareness Month 2019: Subject
The focus of Mental Health Awareness Month 2019, says American Mental Health, is to deepen last year's theme that underlined the relationship between physical and mental health. This year's awareness month will promote a variety of ways to nourish mental health, including through social connectivity, leisure time and therapeutic companionship. Join the social media mentality conversation in May using the hashtags # 4Mind4Body and # MHAM2019.
This year's awareness month will promote a variety of ways to nourish mental health, including through social connectivity, leisure time and therapeutic companionship.
Maintaining healthy habits and healthy lifestyles are some effective ways to promote better emotional health and wellness. Emotional support animals can help people recover from trauma as well as cope with a variety of other mental health symptoms. Maintaining close affection is another way to stimulate brain health. And some research shows that leisure as a priority can increase a person's chance of having good mental health.
As a resource to help people find therapists and support mental health professionals in achieving their goals, GoodTherapy works to reduce the stigma that often surrounds seeking help during Mental Health Awareness Month. 39 all year long.
GoodTherapy President Ryan Mull shares how education plays a key role in raising awareness and ensuring that more people receive the care they need. "Education is a critical element in helping people connect with licensed mental health professionals. These educational efforts lead to understanding and empathy, which will lead people down the path towards becoming stable. "For over a decade, this process of raising awareness and educating the public, building empathy, reducing stigma and helping people connect century with the authorized professionals who provide personal care was the core of all we do in GoodTherapy ".
Barriers to mental health treatment
GoodTherapy strives to make it as easy as possible for people seeking treatment to connect with educated and compassionate mental health professionals who can be trusted. Some of the most common barriers to mental health include cost, time, and planning issues, and sometimes the stigma associated with mental health research.
Here are some articles that tackle these obstacles and how to overcome them:
Supporting mental health professionals in serving their clients is also a high priority at GoodTherapy. We are here to help therapists connect more easily with clients, improve their professional skills and manage their practice effectively. Learn here how we help mental health professionals support those seeking treatment and find out more about the roles therapists can play in reducing the help seeking moment in this month of awareness.
There are several ways to raise mental health awareness this month. Share relevant articles and posts via social media and, if you are happy with it, share your own mental health story with others. Stopping stigmatization means reducing shame and when even one person is open about their experience, others may realize that they are not alone and that there is no shame in seeking help.
- Krans, B. (2014, March 2). The stigma continues to be a major obstacle for people to get the mental health care they need. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health-news/mental-health-treatment-hindered-by-stigma-030214#1
- Mechanic, D. (2002). Removing barriers to care among people with psychiatric symptoms. Health, 21(3). Retrieved from https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/full/10.1377/hlthaff.21.3.137
- Mental health from the numbers. (n.d.). National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Retrieved from https://www.nami.org/learn-more/mental-health-by-the-numbers
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