Friday, June 26, 2015

Identifying The Need For Mental Health

When you have, or believe you may have, a mental health problem, do not be scared to reach out for help. Seeking help is the first step in aiding you to heal, grow, and recover.
Read further to learn about the key steps you can take to resolve any mental health problems that may be burdening you.

Build Your Support System
Building a strong support system and surrounding yourself with trustworthy people are essential elements to successfully talking about your own mental health.
Find someone such as a parent, family member, friend, mentor, health care provider or other trusted individual, who:
    Likes, respects, and trusts you
    Gives good advice when you want and ask for it and assists you in taking action that will help
    Listens to you and shares with you in both the good and bad times
    Allows you the space to grow, change, make decisions, and even make mistakes
    Respects your need for confidentiality so that you can tell him or her anything
    Works with you to determine what action to take next time a difficult situation comes up
    Allow you to express your feelings and emotions freely without judging, criticizing, or teasing.
    Has your best interest in mind

Find a Peer Group
Find a group of people who are coping with mental health problems similar to yours. Support groups can positively affect your recovery because:
    Individuals who share common life experiences have a unique ability to help each other based on a shared history and a deep understanding of the problem.
    Individuals provide their first-hand experiences, strengths, and hopes to peers.
    Peers may serve as living examples that individuals can and do recover from mental health problems.
    Peers serve as advocates by supporting others who may experience discrimination and prejudice.

Participate in Your Treatment Decisions
It is critical for you to be educated and engaged on your own mental health programs and recovery. Play an active role in your own treatment by:
    Researching mental health and wellness information specific to your diagnosis.
    Utilize shared decision-making in your treatment. Participate actively with your mental health provider and construct informed treatment decisions together.

Develop a Recovery Plan
Recovery is a process of change where individuals improve their mental health by living a self-directed life and striving to reach their full potential. Studies indicate that most individuals suffering from a mental health illness recover completely.
Develop a written recovery plan to organize your thoughts and use as a constant reminder of your goals.
Recovery plans:
    Allow you to identify goals for achieving wellness.
    Specify what you can do to reach your goals, such as daily activities.
    Identify triggers or other stressful events that can make you feel worse, and help you learn how to manage them.

To learn more, or if you or a loved one are seeking help for any mental health illness, contact Capitol Care at their Alabama department of mental health. Do not face this difficult problem alone.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

How To Be Supportive To A Friend Or Family Member With Mental Health Problems

No one is unsusceptible to experiencing mental health problems. In fact, anyone can suffer from a mental health ailment.  According to Mental Health America, an estimated 54 million Americans suffer from some form of mental disorder in a given year.

Fortunately, a supportive network of family and friends can make all the difference in an individual’s recovery process. You can help your friend or family member by talking with him or her about mental health problems and allowing your loved one to feel open and comfortable speaking about their mental health.

How to Talk About Mental Health

How do you begin a beneficial discussion about mental health? Try leading with these questions and make certain to actively listen to your friend or family member’s response.
    I am worried about you. Would you like to talk about what you are experiencing? If not, whom are you most comfortable speaking to?
    What can I do to help you to openly speak about issues with your parents or someone else who is responsible and cares for you?
    I am somebody who cares and wants to listen. What would you like me to know about how you are feeling?
    Who or what has aided you in coping with similar problems in the past?
    Sometimes talking to someone who has dealt with a similar experience helps.
    Do you know of any individuals who have experienced similar types of problems who you can speak with?
    It is apparent that you are experiencing a difficult time in your life. How can I help you to acquire help?
    What can I do to assist you in finding more information about mental health problems?

When speaking about mental health problems:
    Understand how to connect your loved one to help.
    Communicate your purpose in a straightforward manner.
    Discuss the subject in a space where your loved one feels safe, and at a time that he or she feels safe.
    Pay attention to reactions during the discussion and back up or slow down if the person looks upset or becomes confused.

Make a comparison
It may be helpful to make a comparison to a physical illness. For instance, many individuals may become sick with a cold, however only a few catch something serious like diabetes. Individual who have a cold are often able to participate in their daily activities. However, if they get diabetes, they will have to see a doctor and take medicine.
Furthermore, feelings of anxiety, worry, sadness, anger, or sleep problems are common for most individuals. However, when these feelings last for a long time, become very intense, and begin to interfere with work, school, and relationships it may be a sign of a mental health ailment. Similarly to individuals who need to get professional help and take medicine for physical problems, someone with a mental health problem may need to participate in therapy and/or take medicine to recover.
 It is crucial to feel comfortable talking about your mental health to your family and friends. Capitol Care, a leader in mental health services, offers many support groups where individuals can feel comfortable and open speaking about their mental health. Call Capitol Care for a confidential discussion. (205) 956-2000.