How to Deal with Mental Health

RCR! Presents Episode #49

Often times when people seem a little bit off, depressed or having trouble functioning we render solutions of prayer, keep it moving and the proverbial - You'll be alright.  

We look at individuals that have some form of mental challenges and say that they don't look like they're struggling but they are.  Mental Health Challenges do not come from people seeking attention, but it stems from different forms of mental issues.  Mental Issues is any disease of the mind; the psychological state of someone who has emotional or behavioral problems serious enough to require psychiatric intervention and/or medication (e.g. Bipolar, ADHD, Depression) 

This something not to make fun of or make light of the situation.  It's important that we are honest with ourselves and with anyone we may know that might be struggling with their mental health.  Once the ice is broken and a detection of someone's mental health is in the balance, offer to them some suggestions to seek getting proper help.  It can begin by attending a group that helps individuals identify and deal with it.  Or it could require a more private one on one setting by seeing doctors that specialize in behavioral health, individual counselling or therapy.  Be honest with ourselves and with anyone we may know that might be struggling with their mental health.  

It's amazing when families and friends can't be honest and supportive when then can see that something is "not quite right" with someone they are close with.  Having this type of support system is so vitally important in helping individuals persue getting the help that's needed.  Another helpful antidote is proper diet, rest, meditation, deep breathing, tool bag and propoer/positive surroundings.  This tends to help individuals embrace normality as typically certain triggers can tend to set them off.  Pursue getting the help that's needed.    

Be careful of how you respond to medication.  Monitor how you and/or individuals respond to it.  Also, exercise your right to getting the right support.  If one therapist or doctor is not a good fit, then find another.  

This is can be a big issue to address so take it one step at a time.  If you know of anyone that might need help in dealing with Mental Health Challenges, here are some people/places to connect with that can provide some assistance...

Erica James Counselling
SisterCARE Alliance
National Association for Mental Illness
Psychology Today (Find a Therapist)
Peer Support and Wellness Center
The Respect Institute

Remember to....

Invest in your health and wellness.
Exercise your right to shop around in getting the proper care and fit that you need. 
Don't let anything stop you from living your life.  Mental Health can at times might slow you down, but don't let it stop you.down but don't let it stop you.

Own your right to be healthy!

#ROCKon

 

Check out this episode video replay on Real Chicks Rock!™ YouTube Channel 

 

RCR! Presents Real Discussions - How to Deal with Mental Heath Show Air Date: 7/2/17 It's all about Mental Wellness! Gotta give thanks for these ladies for joining me for RCR! Presents Real Discussions. Erica James-Strayhorn, Sunnye Brathwaite, and Kay Wolfe MSc came wanting to share as much information as possible.