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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This article focuses on how to get help with mental health and spring clean your mindset.

Mental Health in America and How to Get Help

More than half of adult Americans will experience mental illness, which is defined as any number of illnesses that impact an individual’s mood, behavior, feelings, or thoughts. While some mental illnesses are chronic, others can happen on occasion. Anxiety, sadness, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder are some common mental illnesses.
Every May, we recognize Mental Health Awareness Month as a chance to talk about mental health, eliminate the stigma, and show support for those who are struggling with mental illness. Having access to mental health services is essential to helping people get the assistance they need for treatment and rehabilitation. Yet in the US, about half of adult patients with mental illness do not get the necessary care.
High costs and difficulties of accessing mental health services, the scarcity of mental health experts, and the stigma associated with mental illness are all common obstacles in obtaining mental health care. Untreated mental health issues can make it even more difficult for a person to balance their personal and professional obligations.

Getting Help

Be assured that you are not alone in this; mental illness affects millions of Americans annually. Mental health issues are common, valid, and frequently treatable. While each condition has unique symptoms, the following are some typical indications of mental illness:
  • Excessive fears and worries
  • Prolonged sadness or irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Changes in eating habits or weight
  • Changes in sleeping habits or energy
  • Growing inability to cope with daily life
  • Social withdrawal
  • Substance misuse
  • Suicidal thoughts
Speak with your primary care physician if you have any concerns; they can recommend a qualified mental health specialist for you. A list of the providers that are included in your plan can also be obtained from your health insurance provider.
If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, remember that Americans can call or text 988 or chat at 988lifeline.org for the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.

Spring Cleaning Your Mindset

Spring isn’t just for cleaning out your closet. It’s also a great time to refresh your mind. It’s critical to periodically check in with yourself since doing so can help you feel more in control and less stressed.
Consider the following tips to freshen up your daily routine and promote a healthy mindset this spring:
  • Declutter your space
  • Let go of negative thinking patterns
  • Practice gratitude
  • Make time for hobbies
  • Spend time outdoors
  • Connect with others
Spring is a time of new beginnings and growth, so take advantage of this seasonal shift to clear your head and commit to healthy habits and practices. This season, decide where your mental energy is best spent and prioritize the things that really matter.