The first full week in October (6-12) is known as Mental Illness Awareness week, a week to educate, spread awareness, and fight the stigma of mental illness.
Did you know? 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness each year.
Millions of people are affected by mental illness, everyone has ups and downs emotionally depending on what happens in our lives, but mental illness is much more. It’s longer lasting and can affect our mood, thinking, and daily lives. Don’t be afraid to reach out and get help! You don’t need to handle this alone. While each illness has its own symptom list, here are a few general signs of mental illness signs:
Excessive worrying/ fear
Confused thinking/ problems concentrating and learning
Prolonged feelings of irritability, anger, or feeling sad/ low
Avoiding social situations and friends
Difficulties understanding/ relating to others
Changes in sleep habits, eating habits, and/or sex drive
Abuse of drugs or alcohol
Thoughts of suicide
Inability to carry out daily activities or handle daily problems/ stress
Intense fear of weight gain/ concern with appearance
(More can be found at: https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Know-the-Warning-Signs)
Did you know? Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in people 10-24 years of age.
Don’t be afraid to reach out and get help! Your first step is talking to your primary care doctor, tell them exactly how you are feeling. They will be sure there isn’t anything else going on. Next, ask for help finding a mental health specialist. Treatment will depend on the diagnosis and varies, there is no ‘one size fits all’ form of treatment.
While seeking professional help is sometimes needed, let’s talk about boosting your mental health on your own! Supplementation has become extremely popular, and studies are emerging showing that some supplements such as omega-3 fatty acid, NAC, and certain folates can actually be beneficial when it comes to your mental health. A recent study** that examined randomized controlled trials covering almost 11,000 people, who suffered a variety of conditions from anxiety and depression disorders to bipolar and personality disorders found that Omega-3 supplementation was found to be effective as an add on treatment for reducing symptoms of depression. There is also evidence that Omega- 3 supplementation may provide a small benefit when treating ADHD.