According to the Mental Health government site, mental health consists of a person’s emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Mental health is not talked about as often because of stigma, but it’s important to discuss because it can save lives and shed light on the support that many people need. Take, for instance, Teen Mom star Catelynn Baltierra – having recently announced her re-entry into a treatment center, Catelynn speaks up about mental health awareness. She stated in a video she posted on Twitter:
“This stuff is real, and it’s OK to not be OK. I’ve been home for treatment for over a year, and I’ve had multiple panic attacks, but they’re way more manageable. It’s OK to just admit you need help.”
Mental health concerns are often not “clear-cut” or “straight-forward”; as stated on The Mighty, mental health issues are more than just receiving a diagnosis and then going to treatment – they involve a lot of ups and downs, learning, growing, and a lot of hard work. Open this topic up for discussion provides an opportunity for everyone to learn more about mental illnesses, their symptoms, and effective treatment options so that we can all work towards living a happier, healthier life.
Catelynn’s recent hospitalization also brings to light that if needed, hospitalization is a safe way to seek immediate help. Mental Health America states that hospitalization can help you receive an accurate diagnosis, appropriate medications, and provide a safe space for you to work through a temporary phase where your mental health has declined. In-patient treatment is another excellent option for those with a mental illness, as it allows them to focus solely on their recovery while being surrounded by a group of people working towards the same goal.
Discussing the topic of mental health can open a person’s support network. For example, telling a close friend or family member about a mental illness can provide a person with yet another person to share their worries and concerns with, and someone to reach out to if they need immediate help.
If you have a mental illness and the symptoms are causing significant distress to your daily life, make the decision to seek help. Seek out a reputable treatment center to discuss your options. Share your mental health experiences with a trusted loved one. Partake in self-care activities to help you begin working towards your recovery. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 if you need help immediately. You are not alone, and many people here want to see you succeed.
New Vista Behavioral Health is home to several world-renowned, California state-licensed mental health and substance abuse recovery treatment programs. If are ready to seek treatment for substance abuse, call us today at 888-316-3665 for a consultation.