May is Mental Health Month
“Addressing Mental Health Before Stage 4,” this year’s theme for Mental Health Month, calls attention to the importance of addressing mental health symptoms early, identifying potential underlying diseases, and planning an appropriate course of action on a path towards overall health.
“In general, people who seek early treatment for general medical conditions are successful in reducing the duration and severity of symptoms related to an illness. Early awareness, detection and treatment yields the best outcomes for the person. Mental health is no exception,” said Monarch’s Medical Director Dr. Robert McHale, M.D., M.S, a Board Certified Psychiatrist , FAPA.
One of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition is to take a mental health screening. Mental Health America has online screening tools for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder at mhascreening.org.
Family members and friends are also great resources when it comes to detecting mental health issues.
“If loved ones notice a change in function in a family member— anything from difficulty with interpersonal relationships to loss of interest in favorite activities or social responsibilities— they should never be afraid to reach out to get help for that person,” Dr. McHale said. “The key for effective reduction of symptoms is to seek treatment. The head is attached to the body. So when there is an illness, no matter what part of the body it resides, seek professional guidance and treatment.”
Monarch also offers Mental Health First Aid Training (MHFA), an eight-hour course that gives people the tools to identify and appropriately respond to people with mental illness or who are experiencing a mental health crisis.
For more information about MFHA and how it may be helpful for your church, civic, or community organization, please contact Whitleigh Pinion at (704) 986-1578
Graphics Courtesy: Mental Health America