Mental Health related resources, e-books, coping skill products, therapist directory, plus more!
Mental Health is a combination of your emotional, pyschological, and social well being which impacts how we think, feel, and act. According to mentalhealth.gov, our mental health determines how we handle stress, react to others and situations, and make life choices. Throughout the course of our lives, starting in childhood, we experience circumstances in life that can affect our mental health. Such circumstances include poverty, bullying, death, witnessing domestic violence, emotional abuse, and much more. When we experience such events, it creates stress and alters our mental state. Once the stress is experienced, our moods change, behaviors increase, and our thinking is not logical. Other factors that contribute to our mental health includes biological make-up (genetics), and family history of mental health.
Myth- “There is nothing wrong with you. You’ll be alright.”
Truth- They are not ok. Their tears, isolation, consistent sadness, insomnia, lack of appetite, constant fidgeting, strange behaviors, etc. is AFFECTING THEM GREATLY! This is a cry out for help!
Myth- “Just pray about it.”
Truth- Yes, many communities have a strong faith base and prayer does work! However, prayer requires action behind it. If you pray that your mood increases, what actions are YOU taking to increase those moods? You can pray AND cope. You can also have Jesus and a therapist too!
Myth- “The past is the past
Truth- THE LIES!! As long as the past is negatively effecting you in your present life, it is important to address it in the NOW. It does not matter how long ago the trauma occurred, address it anyway so that you can process those feelings and begin to heal. It is never too late to address your past trauma.
Myth- “What happens in our house, stays in our house.”
Truth- Absolutely not!! Sometimes, what happens in our house causes depression, cutting, suicidal thoughts, bulimia, anxiety, etc. because we do not address the trauma that occurs behind closed doors. Why leave it there if the people who are in that house are hurting you and not helping you heal? LET IT OUT! If the individuals who are supposed to protect you are not doing so, talk to someone who you feel safe with. Also, stop punishing your loved ones for being brave enough to discuss their truth. You may not understand it, but support them during their healing process. They need it.
Coping skills are activities that you partake in to increase your mood when triggered. Here are a few suggestions for both children and adults:
Looking for a therapist? Here are a few sites where you can find a therapist that is ready and willing to help you heal.
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