Mental health is a rising concern, and one that is thankfully being embraced by many. However, there is still progress to be made if people are to collectively treat it with the sensitivity and compassion is deserves. So how does this start? Where do we begin? Well, here are a few ways that we can raise awareness and decrease our mental health epidemic:
Step number 1 in understanding a problem is to inform yourself, thereby realizing what's causing it, which can lead to relief or potentially ridding yourself of it. Behavioral health is similar. By enlightening yourself on what those with mental health problems go through, it will allow you to be a part of the collective solution, and not the problem. A good place to start would be the National Institute of Mental Health.
Don't be Afraid to Speak Up
Maybe you've struggled with behavioral health issues yourself? There is no shame in speaking up and making your voice heard. Become an advocate. By discussing with friends or family in a cordial, polite manner, and sharing social media posts that encourage mental health awareness, this helps to educate and inform others on the topic, potentially changing minds.
Volunteer or Further your Studies
There is volunteer work throughout the United States. You can find a list here of several organizations willing to help find you something that fits, to do something that works, for someone who needs it the most.
College is obviously always an option. There are several certifications you can attain to help those suffering from mental illness. Aa Master's of Social Work, or becoming a Psychologist in several settings, like a school or private practice, are 2 possible avenues.The more we speak up, the more we learn, the more we help sufferers heal.
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