Finding Help for Mental Health

There are various resources to help you or your loved one manage a mental health crisis. Below are various websites that can lead to mental health resources either over the phone or in person.

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Welcome to day 3 of Mental Health Week! And do you know what I’ve just barely realized? The OC NAMIWalk is on the last day of Mental Health Awareness Week.

Any who, I am going to tie a topic that was meant for this past National Recovery Month. At first I had reservations, but when I looked at the topic again. I thought to myself, “Eh, why not?” After all recovery is one of many important attributes of mental health.

Up to this point of my life, I never thought in my wildest dreams I could ever…ever manage my conditions. Managing my mental health conditions seemed beyond my capabilities. I hated how my disabilities interfered with my performances at school, relationships, health, and how I functioned in my everyday endeavors. It was frustrating. And worst of all, I didn’t know what it was. All I know is I felt, like this:

Horrible, right?

It’s been a year, since I’ve been diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder. And I feel so happy, I can identify it and take charge of myself. I find myself fortunate to have a great support group: my family, friend, therapist, and psychiatrist. I am so happy! Also what helped me recover is setting goals for myself:

  • Increasing overall health
  • Increase of self-esteem
  • Decrease of anxiety
  • Management of symptoms
  • Developing new relationships
  • Maintaining recent relationships
  • Success in school
  • Success at work

Even the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) states having goals and surrounding yourself with a great support group helps people with mental health overcome and/or manage their mental health symptoms.

SAMHSA states there are four major elements that support an individual undergoing recovery:

  • Health (e.g. overcoming or managing one’s diseases and making informed healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being)
  • Home (e.g. having a stable and safe place to live)
  • Purpose (conducting meaningful activities such as a job or creative endeavors)
  • Community (having relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and family)

Surround yourself with these things and I’m sure you’ll go far. Though, let me tell you…you will have days where you will fall back. It’s okay. It has happened to me too. But just get up, dust yourself off and keep moving forward. You will overcome this!

For more information on recovery from the SAMHSA website, click on the link below:

Recovery and Recovery Support