Understanding Mental Health

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Mental health problems are often the underlying causes of addiction.

Depression, anxiety, fear, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, perfectionism, oppositional defiance, eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, psychosis, schizophrenia, and more negatively impact the lives of more people than you think.

All the more reason for us to destigmatize problems with mental health and create a safe space for people to navigate and heal. Recovery is for everyone.

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"No matter who you are or what you have done, your story is not over, and we believe that there is hope for you. Just go on the strength that you have. When you are ready, choose hope with us by grounding, relaxing, or creating. Let hope arise!" - Amy Harmon-Eaton, Sober Truth Projec

Mental Health Statistics in the United States

According to USA Mental Health First Aid:

  • Nearly half of adults (46.4 percent) will experience a mental illness during their lifetime.
  • Five percent of adults (43.8 million people) experience a mental illness in any one year. Of these adults, 14.4 percent have one disorder, 5.8 percent have two disorders and 6 percent have three or more.
  • Half of all mental disorders begin by age 14 and three-quarters by 24.
  • In the United States, only 41 percent of the people who had a mental disorder in the past year received professional health care or other services.

These statistics reveal that mental health issues are more common than we thought. And it is  crucial to keep an eye out for any symptoms, otherwise they will grow and affect our ability to function. It will bring misery and problems in school, work, relationships, whatever.

Make sure to spot these signs and symptoms early, because they can be managed with a change of lifestyle, or a combination of medications and talk therapy (and that is OK).

Signs and symptoms of mental health may include:

  • Feeling sad or down
  • Confused thinking or an inability to concentrate
  • Excessive fears or worries
  • Extreme feelings of guilt
  • Extreme mood changes
  • Withdrawal from friends and activities
  • Sluggishness
  • Problems sleeping
  • Detachment from reality, paranoia or hallucinations
  • Inability to cope with daily problems or stress
  • Problems with alcohol or drug use
  • Major changes in eating habits
  • Sex drive changes
  • Excessive anger, hostility or violence
  • Suicidal thoughts

Do you need to see a doctor?

Mental health decline rarely improves on its own. If you are experiencing any of the above signs or symptoms, see your primary care provider or a mental health professional.

We help you help others overcome mental health problems.

If you need support as you love and lead others through mental health recovery, we’re here for you. Contact us today* and we’ll equip you for what’s next. 

*If someone is considering or engaging in self-harm, take them to the hospital immediately or call 911.


There IS hope! 

Here are some resources to help pull you out of darkness.

Written Hope
Poetry
Personal Stories
Inspirational Quotes
Affirmations
Living Hope
24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
24/7 Crisis Counselor Text Line
24/7 Live Prayer Line
Call 211 for Local Support
The Mighty
Cognitive Hope
Maslow’s Hierarchy
Warning Signs of a Mental Health Condition
Mental Health in Teens
How Stress Affects Your Brain
Impact of Trauma on the Brain
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)
Simply Psychology
Very Well Mind
Audio Visual Hope
Graphic Art
3D Art
Photography
Music
Stories: icuTalks
Stories: This Is My Brave
Dance: Rise Up
Dance: You Say
Dark Humor
Light Humor

 

Yoga
Stretching
Massage
Tapping
Breathing
Guided Imagery
Meditation
Prayer Meditation
Affirmations
Express Yourself
Sing
Dance
Create Art
Craft
Journal
Ground Yourself
What is grounding?
Grounding Techniques