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terezia farkas | author | may is mental health awareness month | depression help | beliefnet

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. For more information on how you can participate or, to help someone who has mental illness, visit Mental Health America.

When someone you know has cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, you want to help the person now. You likely can’t sit on the sidelines, waiting for the person to ask for medical attention. You want to save the person’s life. You want to help stop or reverse the symptoms. You want to do it yesterday!

So why do we wait until someone is so depressed that suicide seems like a good choice? Why don’t millions of Americans suffering from mental health issues feel they can freely talk about how they feel? Why is mental health such an ugly, dirty word?

Mental Health Awareness Month is your chance to talk about depression, or any other mental health problems. Bipolar disorder. OCD. Anxiety Disorder. These aren’t something to be embarrassed or ashamed over. These are as serious as cancer or heart disease. They need treatment. And you need love.

According to Mental Health America, 84% of the time between first symptoms and first treatment is spent not recognizing the symptoms of mental illness.

16% of the time is spent getting help.

The delays in treatment for mental illnesses are longer than for many other health conditions.

 

terezia farkas | author |mental health awareness month |depression help | beliefnet

 

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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