Friday, May 9, 2014
Mental Health Month
May is mental health month. I found out through a post on Facebook. Nobody shares anything with those who suffer. Oh well.
I did find a nice website, Mental Health America, that has lots of information and some screening tests if you are interested. Upon further navigation, though, I do believe that it is sponsored by pharmaceutical companies. And I'm not sure how I feel about that.
There are those that find that therapy of one kind or another is all they need to beat the monster but I am not one of those people. My brain has a chemical problem which has to be handled with other chemicals.
Social media like Facebook and this blog are providing me with more interaction than I have had in quite some time. I find that blogging has lifted my mood tremendously. I look forward to writing posts. I enjoy reading posts. I am learning so much. The Google Plus community is fantastic.
If you are having problems and don't know where to start try the website above. Or call your local health department. Or if you are really bad, call 911. The idea is to get you help so you don't have to handle your problems alone. What better time to do it than during Mental Health Month? If you are worried about the money therapy costs then perhaps your county is like mine and offers doctors on a sliding scale. And they provide case workers to help you navigate the system.
Yes, there are times when I still feel isolated because of my mental illness but I have a lot of help to deal with those feelings. Heck, most of the time I don't mind being isolated!
I am in the middle of one of those times. I am having to make myself write this. But I know that the satisfaction of having written the post will be great. And I successfully embedded a link to the website I found - yay me! You see, taking pride in those little things is what helps me climb up out of the morass.
If you need to make a change for yourself, if you need help, why not take that first step during Mental Health Month?