Mental health is a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being. Mental health is not a topic that we like to talk about, but it is something that we need to be made aware of. Every day, people are suffering from some kind of mental illness. Around 450 million people are struggling day to day with illnesses such as depression or dementia.
Why is it important to know more about mental health? People are going through their everyday lives passing off their emotions as nothing more than a bad day. Is it more? Could it lead to something else? We don’t know for sure, but if you are educated on what to look for in mental health illnesses, you may be able to save a life-- or at least make someone's life a little bit easier.
In March, students here at New Haven will all be looking at mental health in new ways. March 25-29 will be a week to discuss, reflect, and educate us all on mental health. We will have a guest speaker, spirit week days, and little pick-me-ups every day to help kids know their self worth. It is a week dedicated to teaching us students the importance of understanding mental health-- to understand that you are not the only person struggling.
Again, good mental health is important to keeping a person healthy and happy. Some people are prescribed medicines while others are seen by therapists. It is important to know that just because you feel hopeless, lost, or out-of-control-- you are not alone. Others shouldn’t judge or make fun of you if you are struggling. Chances are, they are going through something too.
Symptoms of general mental illnesses:
- Feeling sad or down
- Confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate
- Excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt
- Extreme mood changes of highs and lows
- Withdrawal from friends and activities
- Significant tiredness, low energy, or problems sleeping
- Detachment from reality (delusions), paranoia, or hallucinations
- Inability to cope with daily problems or stress
- Trouble understanding and relating to situations and to people
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Major changes in eating habits
- Sex drive changes
- Excessive anger, hostility, or violence
- Suicidal thinking
If you feel any of these symptoms and you are considering self harm or harm to others, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
For more information on mental health and wellness, go to http://www.chadscoalition.org/.