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Getting Mental Health Help

By Elliot Caleira

If you or someone you know is struggling with a mental health issue, it is important to seek medical advice from a physician or a mental health professional immediately. Early treatment of mental health issues helps prevent the illness from worsening. Treating these illnesses, even if they cannot be cured, can help lead to further understanding and self-acceptance.

Mental Health and Young People

Mental health is essential to the success and well-being of all people. For whatever reason, mental health issues are extremely prevalent in young adults. In the past decade, colleges and universities have made great efforts to educate students about the importance of maintaining their mental health and have even provided resources like on-campus counseling for those who seek it out.

Although many patients know where they can look for counseling, few actually reach out for help. Cultural perceptions of suicide and mental health often deter people from seeking care. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people (those between the ages of 10 and 34), but it can be prevented. If you know someone who is considering suicide, please be open with them and be willing to take measures to change the stigma behind suicides and mental health.

Mental Health Professionals

As the diagnosis of mental illness is increasing, the demand for mental health professionals is also increasing. Mental health professionals, such as social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists, are trained counselors and can carefully give patients guidance in their mental health battle. Talking to an understanding professional is essential to the recovery process and the self-sufficiency of these individuals. Many people are unsure of where to start when looking for a mental healthcare provider. Fortunately, there are professionals that can help you find the right provider. HR in the healthcare industry help vet mental health professionals.

Helping Patients

The first step to helping a mentally ill person is to ensure that a mental health expert gives their diagnosis. Diagnosis is a medical label that helps mental health professionals understand your symptoms. This is not always easy. Diagnosing a mentally ill person can help determine what treatment is needed. However, making an accurate diagnosis can be difficult because symptoms vary so much from person to person.

It can also be difficult to determine the extent to which the illness is manifesting itself. As with any illness, some cases are simply more severe than others. Additionally, the symptoms of mental illnesses tend to overlap with each other, so it can be nearly impossible to accurately self-diagnose. Because of this, it is best to always consult with a mental health expert, as they are best equipped to determine an accurate treatment plan and help you understand your symptoms. Although not all mental health problems can be totally cured, understanding yourself is the first step towards improving your mental health.

Supporting Patients

Although it is best to leave diagnosis and treatment to the professionals, we should all be prepared to support our loved ones as they seek help. We can do this by listening to them and being empathetic. Try to remember that you aren’t their counselor. You don’t need to worry about telling them what they should do to better their situation. Simply be there to listen to how they’re feeling and seek to understand them better. Remember to always speak kindly and honestly. Pretending that they do not have a mental illness only adds to the stigma that mental illness should be ignored, which can be very detrimental.

Mental Health's Impact

Poor mental health may negatively affect your quality of life, including your physical health, work life, your relationships and ability to achieve. Mental illness is a unique challenge for a person. If you think you have mental health problems, please consult with your doctor. Publicly addressing psychological and behavioral health issues can help reduce social stigma. Be aware of your rights under the Federal Mental Health Act and your state's mental health treatment. If you believe that you have been unlawfully deprived of your mental health services, please contact your state health insurance supervisor to complain.

Elliot Caleira is a freelance writer in the self-mastery and health and wellness spaces. When he's not writing you'll find him cooking or teaching Portuguese classes. More articles by Elliot.

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