May is National Mental Health Month. When you or someone you love is dealing with a mental health concern, sometimes it’s a lot to handle. It’s important to remember that mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. Yet, people experience symptoms of mental illnesses differently and some engage in potentially dangerous or risky behaviors to avoid or cover up symptoms of a potential mental health problem. That is why this year’s theme for Mental Health Month is “Risky Business”. It’s important to educate ourselves and others about habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illnesses, or behaviors that could be signs of mental health problems themselves. Activities like compulsive sex, recreational drug use, obsessive internet use, excessive spending, or disordered exercise patterns can all be behaviors that can disrupt someone’s mental health and potentially lead them down a path towards crisis. For more information on the different types of “risky” behaviors, please visit: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may
If you or a loved one is struggling with risky behaviors, contact our behavioral health department at 765.641.7499 to schedule an appointment with one of our therapists.