Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Mental Health Awareness Month - Know the Signs

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18.5% is just a percentage, right?

It doesn't have much meaning without context and awareness. What if you got an 18.5% raise in your wage, or on the opposite end of the spectrum, what if you received an 18.5% increase of your taxes?

Numbers matter – especially when close to 1 in 5 adults (or 18.5%) in the U.S. experience mental illness in a given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Ten is also just a number, but do you know the 10 common warning signs of a mental health condition?

• Feeling very sad, withdrawn or unmotivated for more than two weeks
• Making plans or trying to harm or kill oneself
• Out-of-control, risk-taking behaviors
• Sudden overwhelming fear for no reason, sometimes with a racing heart or fast breathing
• Not eating, throwing up or using laxatives to lose weight; significant weight loss or weight gain
• Severe mood swings causing problems in relationships
• Excess use of drugs or alcohol
• Drastic changes in behavior, personality or sleeping habits
• Extreme difficulty in concentrating or staying still
• Intense worries or fears getting in the way of daily activities like hanging out with friends or going to classes

When you feel your best, you can do your best. A recent article by NAMI mentions four areas of focus for maintaining good health: understanding how stress affects you, protecting your physical health, taking time to recharge, and practicing good mental habits. To learn more about how to practice self-care, see the article by NAMI.

If you or someone you know is living with mental illness, Rio Salado’s counseling team is here to help. Please call 480-517-8785 to talk to a counselor or visit riosalado.edu/counseling.

If you’re in need of immediate assistance, please contact these crisis resources provided by Rio Salado Counseling called ASK AZ and Magellan Health Services.