Mental health treatment used to be taboo, but thanks to a movement of people seeking and promoting better education about mental health, it’s now something that people take much more seriously and are much more comfortable talking about openly.
There are many kinds of mental health treatment available to those struggling, and Mental Health Awareness Month is a time when those treatment options are discussed broadly in schools, physicians’ offices, and workplaces around the country.
Observing Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and a fantastic time to talk to those you love about their mental well-being as well as your own. Mental health is an important part of your overall health, and trouble with it can cause serious problems in your life. Mental health issues have been tied to addiction and relapses, so those who have mental health concerns or who deal with addiction may benefit from seeking appropriate treatment.
The goal of Mental Health Awareness Month is to educate the public on mental health disorders and the support systems that are now available to anyone who is having trouble of this type.
How Does Treatment Help a Dual Diagnosis?
One of the things that Mental Health Awareness Month brings to the foreground is the link between mental health disorders and addiction. Addiction has the potential to cause or exacerbate mental health issues such as depression or paranoia, just as mental illness has the potential to cause a patient to turn to substance abuse to manage their symptoms.
Seeking treatment for a dual diagnosis is different than entering a program that addresses only mental health or only addiction. This is because the providers administering dual diagnosis programs are aware of how addiction and mental health play off one another and may influence a patient’s ability to stay sober.
How Can You Participate In Mental Health Awareness Month in 2021?
During Mental Health Awareness Month 2021, the National Alliance on Mental Illness helps raise awareness about mental health challenges in the community. In 2021, the message promoted by the organization is, “You Are Not Alone.”
NAMI is hosting blogs, sharing personal stories, using social media, and participating in national events where you or those you love can also share your histories and show that others are not alone in dealing with mental illness. During the month of May, those who would like to share images and graphics are able to do so on social media using the hashtag #MHAM. To see what others have posted, click on the hashtag to be taken to the specific social media thread for those who have posted to it.
NAMI’s website also has a page where you can share your story and read stories about others who have overcome challenges with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other mental health challenges.
What else can you do? Try hosting a Facebook LIVE or Instagram LIVE session to talk to those you know and who follow you about what you’ve been through or what you’ve experienced with others who have mental illnesses. Participate in the #NotAlone challenge or share a video discussing what good mental health means to you. Every bit of awareness helps others know that what they are experiencing isn’t unusual and that help is available.
Contact Sunflower Wellness Retreat for Support with Substance Abuse Treatment
At Sunflower Wellness Retreat, we know that living with a dual diagnosis is not easy. Fortunately, our team is well-prepared to work with you or someone you love to start addressing the underlying issues that may be leading to addiction and other troubles in your lives. Contact us today at 855.730.8825 to learn more about how our program can help.