When you or someone you love is dealing with a mental health concern, sometimes it’s a lot to handle. It’s important to remember that mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. Yet, people experience symptoms of mental illnesses differently—and some engage in potentially dangerous or risky behaviors to avoid or cover up symptoms of a potential mental health problem.
May is Mental Health Month and we are focusing on the habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illnesses or could be signs of mental health problems themselves. Activities like recreational drug use, obsessive internet use, excessive spending, or disordered exercise patterns can all be behaviors that can disrupt someone’s mental health and potentially lead them down a path towards crisis.
“It is important to understand early symptoms of mental illness and know when certain behaviors are potential signs of something more,” said Dee Harris, Director of Communications for Family & Children’s Services. “The animated videos we produced for this month’s FCS.TODAY are meant to bring awareness about the connection between risky behaviors and mental health.”
Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. Family & Children’s Services is here to help.
Mental Health Month was started 68 years ago by Mental Health America, to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone.