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Increasing Mental Health Awareness and Access Is A Top Priority

More than 51 million adults living in the US struggle with mental health issues, yet less than half of them get the help they need because they are unable or unwilling to seek care. That’s why Mental Health Awareness Month is so important. 

 Mental Health Awareness Month was created by the organization Mental Health America (MHA) and has been observed in the United States since 1949. Each year during the month of May organizations such as MHA, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and countless others take an active role in raising awareness about the importance of mental health, providing education and resources, reducing the stigma, breaking down barriers to care and making care accessible to all. 

At Array Behavioral Care, this is more than just a month-long campaign; it’s our mission.  We’re committed to individuals with the tips, tools, and support they need on their journey to better health and wellness.

The first step in this journey starts with acknowledging your symptoms and recognizing warning signs when it may be time to seek help.

Know When to Get Help

We all experience ups and downs that coincide with the stressors in our daily lives. So, a question you may ask yourself is, “if everyone has ups and downs… how do I distinguish between stress of daily life and a more serious condition that warrants treatment?”

Here are some examples of when to seek treatment:

If you or someone you know requires more support, it is important to search for whatever resources you need, during Mental Health Awareness Month and beyond.

  • Excessive worry, fear, tiredness, low energy, and sadness
  • Difficulty with focus and concentration
  • Extreme mood changes
  • Prolonged irritability or anger
  • Isolation
  • Changes in sleeping habits
  • Changes in eating habits (significantly decreased or increased appetite)
  • Difficulty telling the difference between what is reality and what is not (delusions or hallucinations)
  • Substance and/or alcohol abuse
  • Suicidal thoughts or action
  • Inability to perform activities of daily life or handle daily problems and stressors

 

Break the Stigma

Mental health disorders are medical conditions and should be treated as such. As a society, we don’t shame people suffering from physical diseases or conditions. We rally around them and support them. The same principles should apply to mental health. That’s why, in addition to raising awareness for mental health risk factors, reducing stigma is equally important.

Imagine if telling a friend you were struggling with depression or anxiety was as easy as telling them you have a cold. They’re both biological and faultless, so why is one so much more of a struggle than the other? The stigmatization of mental health disorders is one of the main reasons individuals delay or completely avoid seeking help.

Having a better understanding of mental health can help you break down the stigmas and combat misconceptions. Creating safe spaces to discuss mental health can also encourage others not to hide their struggles and suffer in silence.

 

Array’s Resources

During the pandemic, many have struggled with their mental health, some for the first time. Fortunately, virtual therapy and psychiatry solutions are available to anyone, anywhere. Learn more >

Similar to the mission of Mental Health Awareness month, Array is dedicated to advocating for mental health, breaking down barriers to access care, and providing resources to those in need. We encourage you to do the same all year long.

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If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a free, 24-hour hotline at 1.800.273.8255. If your issue is an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.