Mental health and wellbeing is an important aspect of everyone’s life.
This includes individuals taking care of their mental wellbeing just like physical wellbeing, knowing the warning signs and understanding it is a sign of strength, not weakness, to seek help and treatment.
We’re in this together
Though mental illness is a health condition much like any other, we often treat it as if it’s a choice. This common misconception creates barriers to care. It takes an average of 10 years—a full decade!—for a person experiencing a mental health condition to seek the care they need.
Let’s get talking
Talking about mental health is a critical first step to moving forward—for our own mental wellbeing and for the wellbeing of our communities. But when we talk about mental health conditions, it’s important that we use language that demonstrates respect and acceptance.
Check your word choice, and make sure you’re creating an environment that’s open and welcoming.
Just the facts
People with mental health conditions are just that—people. People who experience anxiety, depression, substance use disorder or other illnesses, just need appropriate care. Lean in, understand the facts, and talk about it.
It’s OK to need help. You’re not alone—one in five adults experiences a mental health illness each year. There are resources and people ready to help should you need to reach out.
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - it’s an illness, not a weakness. PTSD can develop in Vets and anyone who survives an accident, disaster, or violent event. And, it can take years to emerge.
Schizophrenia - early diagnosis (or identification) treatment is critical. Hallucinations, delusions, and other symptoms usually appear in teens and young adults. And, treatment can help people with schizophrenia live great lives.
Substance Use Disorder - it's not about willpower. Alcohol, nicotine, opioids, and other drugs change the brains of people with addictive illnesses to create a physical need. Treatment can help.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - it's not about being neat. Being neat and particular is not like having O-C-D. It’s an illness that can makes people think and do the same thing over and over.