Mental Health Awareness Month

As spring rolls around and the weather begins to warm we welcome Mental Health Awareness Month! This is a time to reflect on how you’re feeling, celebrate your mental health wins, and assess what areas in your life may need more attention. You may also want to familiarize yourself with your risk factors and warning signs available from the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 adults experience some kind of mental health issue like anxiety or depression, but only half receive the appropriate treatment. There’s not only resources out there for you but there is hope for a brighter future. Start by opening up to those around you. Many of us struggle with similar afflictions and simply talking about it can alleviate both the stigma surrounding mental health and the weight of our struggles in our own lives. There is power and comfort in offering support and receiving support from our community. We don’t truly know how the people around us are feeling until we ask. The same goes for sharing our feelings. The people around us may not know we’re struggling until we find the courage to open up. By sharing what we have on our mind, we begin to build the critical bonds of close relationships and reliable support systems.

Another excellent option for support would be pursuing individual therapy. According to a poll conducted by ValuePenguin, 30% of adults have been in therapy at one point with 86% saying it helped them cope. Individual therapy is the best long term tool to support you and your mental health goals. Therapy, at times, may feel intimidating or inaccessible. However, many therapy practices accept a variety of insurance plans, offer reduced fees as well as flexible scheduling with evening or telehealth options. Support groups in your community may also be a suitable, more accessible option to consider. The most important thing is to find your support whatever that may look like for you.

Please see below for additional resources available to you. If you are local to the Phoenix area please also feel free to reach out to us for a consultation.

Resources for you:
Psychology Today to find a therapist in your area who accepts your insurance, if needed, or offers telehealth appointments
National Alliance on Mental Illness for free mental health toolkits, seminars, group therapy programs
988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
Sources:
https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Mental-Health-Awareness-Month/
https://www.valuepenguin.com/therapy-health-insurance-coronavirus
https://www.azcenterformft.com/

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