At least one in five adults in the U.S. has personally experienced a mental illness—including depression and anxiety. Whether circumstantial or chronic, living with mental illness can be a lonely, painful way of life. And if left untreated, such conditions can have a lasting impact on physical health, occupational productivity, financial stability, and personal relationships.
There are myriad reasons so many of us tend to downplay—or completely ignore—our mental health. We don’t think that it’s that big of a deal. We’re embarrassed. We don’t have good (or any) health insurance. Or we simply don’t know where to turn.
In honor of Mental Health Month, we’re featuring Mental Health America (MHA) and its 240 affiliates across the country to encourage YOU to mind your mental health. Check out MHA’s 10 tips for “living well” and quick, easy and confidential mental health screening tools. Need help now? Call 1.800.273.TALK. (Central Indiana residents, visit Community Health Network’s Behavioral Health website.)
PS – Curious how Affordable Care Act impacts mental health coverage? Read Chapter 16 of Stacie’s Obamacare for the GENIUS.