According to the World Health Organization, one in four people worldwide will be affected by a mental disorder at some point in their lives. Furthermore, based on a recent study, six out of the top-10 conditions impacting the millennial generation are behavioral conditions impacting mental and emotional well-being.
Despite being highly treatable, the dated stigma and misconceptions prevent more than half of those who have mental health issues from seeking treatment each year, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. So how can you help? By speaking up. When we start talking, we realize that mental illness is more common than we think. And more importantly, people experiencing a mental illness will be more apt to get the care they need.
Your mental health matters just as much as your physical health. While you go to the doctor to improve your physical health; it’s equally important to see a therapist to improve your mental health. Left untreated, mental health conditions can lead to serious health complications, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, chronic fatigue, a weakened immune system and more.
Mental illness can affect anyone, and it’s easy to postpone seeking help for mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. However, procrastination only allows the problem to grow. If you or someone you know may be suffering from a mental health condition, it’s important to find support and get the right treatment. If you don’t have a personal doctor or therapist, you can find one near you and make sure they’re covered under your benefits. If you find the wait times too long to see an in-person mental health provider, try seeing a virtual provider.
And, if you feel you need immediate assistance and support regarding your mental well-being, call the National Depressive /Manic-Depressive Association Hotline at 800-826-3632 or the Crisis Call Center’s 24-hour hotline at 775-784-8090.