Thursday, November 24, 2016

Mental Health Literacy

We learn language, math, geography and other subjects in school because these help us to understand and function better in society and in the current world as a whole.  The more education we receive, the higher our literacy levels become.  The need for improved literacy skills in certain areas spring from a need to better understand how to function better in our immediate environments.  The need for Mental Health Literacy is growing each and every day.

We seem to be in the midst of a mental health epidemic, and while our current systems are doing what they can to head this problem off at the pass, the problem is much too overwhelming to be tackled without the support of everyone involved.  It is time for us to play our part in improving our knowledge about these problems which are affecting all of us in one way or another; whether it be from your own personal issues, or maybe a family member or friend is suffering from anxiety, depression, Alzheimer's, chronic fatigue syndrome, or some other common disorder.

Yes, I used the word 'common' disorder to make the point that those issues have become quite common in our society, and you are not alone.  Because these issues are much more common, there is now an abundance of research and information out there to help us deal with our own issues.  We can now learn coping strategies that others have used successfully and also find well researched information which can provide help in just about any area you can imagine.

By increasing your Mental Health \Literacy levels in the proper areas, you can grow your understanding, and help yourself improve your quality of life and help others do so as well.  As your literacy levels increase, you will gain a better skill for observing behaviours and symptoms you are feeling or seeing, and then use this information to begin learning how to work on repairing our own negative symptoms and behaviours.

If you need a diagnosis, you will want to see a doctor or psychiatrist, but it you are simply looking for some answers to your own woes right now and are not ready to take that step, start doing some of the research yourself.  You don't have to be a professional to identify some of your own symptoms, and if you are reading this then you have the ability to learn and access information.  My hope is that this organization will eventually have other caring professioals and paraprofessionals who will comment with good information as well.  

Help people who are socially isolated and are not ready to take the big step of going to see someone, or someone who is on a long waiting list to get the help they need.  Think of it as a mental health triage service that can help people to move in the right direction so that by the time they are ready for professional help, they are already educated about some of their own issues and not having to start at square one.   Many of the smaller issues we deal with will not require help from others, but if you want to improve these issues, the information is out there if you want it.

If I can fix or at least learn to cope with my own mental health issues, then so can you.  Start reading good information about things that can help your situation.  If you need help to get started, email me or comment at the bottom, and I will do my best to point you in the right direction.  I also ask that if you like the information you are reading and find it helpful, please share it with your friends and family.  

The more people who understand these issues the better we will all feel.  The more educated and experienced people who follow this blog, the more connections we will be able to make between helpers and those who need help.  Anyone who is in the 'helping' profession got into it to help people and my hope is that we can all help each other improve our mental well being.

Be well

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