Mental health is a priority 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, but in October we give it the extra emphasis it deserves. It's an important time to focus on our mental well-being and raise awareness about depression and mental health issues.
There is a definite gap between those with symptoms related to mental health and those receiving treatment, making it critical for youth and adults alike to have information about screenings and services for depression, anxiety, and mental health disorders.
Taking care of your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Take an active role in self-care by seeking activities such as meditation, exercise, getting enough sleep, or engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation. Online resources contain a wealth of videos to guide you and help you find support.
If your feelings are overwhelming, consider talking to friends, family, or a professional counselor who can provide guidance and assistance. Remember, you're not alone in this journey, and there are people who care about your well-being.
In addition to taking care of yourself, in October it is important to be mindful of others' mental health. Show empathy, offer support, and be a listening ear if someone you know is going through a challenging time. Allowing the person to express their thoughts and feelings without judgment or interruption can mean so much to a friend or family member who is struggling. Let them know they are being heard and understood. Even if we feel we have answers for the things they are battling, we are there to offer validation through our listening. Beyond that, following up with small gestures of kindness can go a long way in helping someone move toward a more positive outlook.
Within the listening and concern you provide to a friend or loved one, if you notice they are struggling with severe or persistent mental health issues, encourage them to seek professional help from therapists, counselors, or psychiatrists. You can also offer your support in finding resources or accompanying them to appointments if they feel comfortable.
Iamaria is here to be a source of inspiration and reminders for those with mental health issues and those supporting others. We believe that awareness and advocacy are essential in making a difference in the lives of anyone struggling.