“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.” – Glenn Close
Ending the silence
Mental health is a vital part of our overall well-being, yet in most cases it’s rarely spoken about due to the stigma that surrounds mental illness. This is truly unfortunate because mental disorders are quite common and oftentimes worrying about “what people will think” prevents those who need treatment from seeking it.
The importance of ending the silence
Talking about mental health is essential to maintaining a positive state of well-being. It also helps improve communities by making it more acceptable for those suffering to pursue help and get on the road to recovery. A community of people in good mental health is more cohesive and productive.
Tips to getting on a road to recovery
1. Reach out to friends and family
- Your friends and family want what’s best for you and will do anything to help you get through a difficult period. Remember that leaning on them during difficult times isn’t a sign of weakness.
2. Find new hobbies that make you feel good
- Look for a new activity that’s fun and will boost your mood. It’s always helpful to find new things that bring joy to your life.
- Sleeping too much or too little can severely impact your mood. Maintaining a regular bedtime routine is key to having balance in your life.
- Being stressed out can add to depression. Try to keep your stress level under control. Breathing exercises and meditation can help.
- There are many benefits to being physically active. You don’t have to have a routine that’s overblown, you just need to find activities that help keep you moving.
- Having a normal routine can help your mind stay away from negative thoughts.
- While self-medicating with drugs, alcohol, food and nicotine may provide temporary relief, they can amplify your symptoms and make you feel worse.
- It’s common to feel hopeless when you’re sad. Try to remember all the people and things you have to be grateful for. Making a list each day can help you focus on all the wonderful gifts in your life.
Resources for ending the silence
There are many resources and organizations available to assist you on your journey to improved mental health. You can find information on how to contact them, below.
Freedom Forever’s Employee Assistance Program
Freedom Forever’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), through Health Advocate, gives all Freedom Forever employees access to a licensed professional counselor to help with personal, family, and work-related problems. The toll-free number is 877-240-6863 and is a service available 24/7 at no cost. You may also log in to their website for additional information and resources.
Disclaimer: Any information contained herein is not intended to provide medical advice nor should be used as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare providers.